Tokyo Games : Neeraj Chopra First Indian to win Olympic Gold in Athletics

Aug 8, 2021

Mr. Ar Rm Arun, Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Chennai congratulates the men's Javelin throw Olympic Medal Winners.

Neeraj Chopra put in a stunning performance to win India's first Olympic gold medal in athletics. He registered a best attempt of 87.58m to finish ahead of Czech Republic duo of Jakub Vadlejch and Vitezslav Vesely.

Czech javelin thrower Vadlejch had the second best throw of 86.67m, while his compatriot Vesely clinched bronze with his attempt of 85.44m.

Neeraj Chopra had come into the final as one of the favourites to win a medal after topping the charts in qualification.

Chopra started off with a throw of 87.03m, taking the lead after the first round of throws itself. If that was a good start, he went even better with his second attempt, registering a throw of 87.58m.

Neeraj Chopra returned to competitive action in June this year at the Meeting Cidade de Lisboa in Portugal. As he continued to train in Europe leading upto the Olympics, Neeraj won the Karlstad Grand Prix in Sweden in late June.

This was followed by a third-place finish in the Kuortane Games in Finland with a throw of 86.79m. He even opted to skip a Diamond League event in London on 13 July, while continuing to train in Uppsala, Sweden.