Neeraj Chopra the 23-year-old created history on Saturday as he became the only the second Indian to win an individual Olympic gold by winning the men’s javelin throw final at Tokyo Olympics 2020. Neeraj ended India’s 121-year wait for an athletics medal with his gold in the javelin final.
Neeraj Chopra is an Olympic champion! dominated the javelin throw final with a best throw of 87.58m to win India’s second individual gold in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 on Saturday.
Neeraj Chopra’s gold medal is only the second for India in individual category after Abhinav Bindra, who bagged the top prize in the 19m Air Rifle shooting event in China.
Newly-crowned Olympic gold-medallist Neeraj Chopra on Saturday dedicated his historic achievement to sprint legend Milkha Singh, who died of COVID-19 in June, a gesture that left his son and ace golfer Jeev Milkha Singh overwhelmed with “eternal” gratitude.
“Milkha Singh wanted to hear the national anthem in a stadium. He is no longer with us but his dream has been fulfilled,” the 23-year-old javelin thrower said dedicating the achievement to the iconic sprinter, who had finished fourth in the 1960 Rome Olympics.