First GOLD for India in Tokyo Olympics
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Neeraj Chopra brought first Gold for India in Tokyo Olympics , in Javelin Throw event. Chopra scripted history on Saturday by becoming independent India’s first athlete to win a medal in the track and field discipline. English-Indian athlete Norman Pritchard had won two silver medals in the 1900 Games, while representing India, which was then a British colony.
Neeraj Chopra bagged a historic gold medal in the men’s javelin throw event. Wrestler Bajrang Punia won India its sixth medal by winning bronze.
India has now notched its best-ever haul at the Olympics with a seventh medal. Earlier, the nation had matched its best medal haul at a single Olympic Games after wrestler Bajrang Punia gave India its 6th medal of the campaign, which put it on par with the showing at the 2012 London Olympics.
Neeraj Chopra VSM is from Khandra village, Panipat district, Haryana.He was educated at DAV College, Chandigarh. In 2016, he was appointed a Junior Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army with the rank of Naib Subedar.
His throw of 87.86m at his first competition after an elbow injury guaranteed a ticket to Tokyo. He then qualified in the qualification round with a throw of 85.32m and marched to the finals. He brought home the first Gold Medall in the 2020 Summer Olympics at Tokyo. He is the 2nd person after Abhinav Bindra to win a gold medal in any individual games for India.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh tweeted “The Golden victory of Subedar Neeraj Chopra at the Olympic brings laurels for the Indian Army. He performed like a true soldier at the Olympics. It is indeed a historic and proud moment for the entire country including the Indian Armed Forces! Many congratulations to him! ”
#NeerajChopra will be given Rs 6 crore & a class I category job as per our policy. We will be building a Centre of Excellence for athletes in Panchkula, where he will be the head if he wants. He will be given a plot with 50% concession, like other players: #Haryana CM ML Khattar