Tokyo:-Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra on Saturday fetched India its first-ever gold medal in athletics at the Olympics.
With a best throw of 87.58 metres in the men’s javelin throw final, Chopra came first, making him the second-ever Indian, after shooter Abhinav Bindra in 2008, to win an individual Olympic gold medal.
It was India’s seventh medal at the Tokyo Olympics, which means they have surpassed their previous best tally of six at London 2012.
People took to Twitter to congratulate the 23-year-old for a stupendous showing at the Olympic Stadium.
“Historic Athletic Gold medal. Big Congratulations @Neeraj_chopra1for winning gold medal for India #Tokyo2020 you make us all proud. #Cheer4India,” tweeted boxer MC Mary Kom,a bronze medallist in 2012 London Olympics.
“GOLD This is the tweet. This is the emotion. Thank you Neeraj Chopra for giving us this joy. You have inspired us, you have given us hopes. You are our hero,” tweeted shooter Gagan Narang, who won bronze medal in London in 2012.
“Historic! Congratulations @Neeraj_chopra1 on winning #Gold Prayers of billion+ Indians have been answered. #Cheer4India #Tokyo2020,” tweeted former Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, silver medallist at 2004 Athens Olympics.
“Yay yay !!! Can’t get over this feeling .. it’s a gold . GOLD !!! Neeraj chopra you have been scripted in history #Olympics2020,” tweeted India women’s cricketer Mithali Raj.
“History has been scripted at Tokyo! What @Neeraj_chopra1 has achieved today will be remembered forever. The young Neeraj has done exceptionally well. He played with remarkable passion and showed unparalleled grit. Congratulations to him for winning the Gold. #Tokyo2020,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Unprecedented win by Neeraj Chopra! Your javelin gold breaks barriers and creates history. You bring home first ever track and field medal to India in your first Olympics. Your feat will inspire our youth. India is elated! Heartiest congratulations!” expressed President Ram Nath Kovind.
“What an incredible achievement! @Neeraj_chopra1 scripted history & brought glory to India by winning the Gold medal in the Javelin throw at Tokyo Olympics. His outstanding feat has ended a long wait by India for an Olympic medal in track & field events. #Tokyo2020 #NeerajChopra,” tweeted Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu.
“India’s Olympic History has been scripted! Your superbly soaring throw deserves a Billion Cheers ! Your name will be etched in the history books with golden letters,” wrote Sports Minister Anurag Thakur.
“History has been made, Milkha Singh Ji’s wish is fulfilled as India wins first ever Olympic medal in Athletics! A golden moment 4 India as Neeraj Chopra won Olympic Gold medal for India at #Tokyo2020 Congratulations @Neeraj_chopra1 on this historic achievement! #Cheer4India,” tweeted Law Minister Kiren Rijiju.
“Congratulations to India’s ace Javelin Thrower, @Neeraj_chopra1 for winning the prestigious Track and Field medal for the first time in the history of Independent India. Gold medal in the Javelin throw event at the #Olympics is unprecedented. Proud of him for creating history!,” tweeted Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
Proud of Subedar Neeraj Chopra for creating history: Rajnath
New Delhi:- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday congratulated Neeraj Chopra for winning India’s first Olympic gold medal in athletics.
Chopra, who is a Subedar with 4 Rajputana Rifles in the Indian Army, created history after he clinched the gold in javelin throw with an attempt of 87.58 metres, becoming only the second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics.
Congratulating the ace javelin thrower, who became the first athlete in Independent India to win a medal in a track & field event at the Olympics, Rajnath Singh said: “Gold medal in javelin throw event at the Olympics is unprecedented. Proud of him for creating history.”
He further stated that the golden victory of Subedar Neeraj Chopra at the Olympic has brought laurels for the Indian Army, adding that 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,” the Defence Minister stated.
Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane and all ranks of the force also congratulated Chopra for his historic achievement.
Chopra set a new benchmark in Tokyo, holding off two athletes from the Czech Republic to finish atop the podium. Jakub Vadlejch took silver while former world champion Vitezslav Vesely won the bronze.
In 2018, Chopra became the first athlete from India to win gold in javelin throw both at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games.
Pak javelin thrower Nadeem congratulates role model Chopra
Tokyo:-Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem, who finished fifth in Olympic men’s javelin throw, congratulated India’s Neeraj Chopra on winning gold medal in Saturday’s competition and also apologised to his nation for not fulfulling their hopes of a medal.
Nadeem was Pakistan’s biggest medal hope at the Olympics but his best throw of 84.62 wasn’t good enough for a medal. Chopra won gold with a best throw of 87.58. The silver and bronze medals went to Czech Republic while the fourth place went to Germany.
“Congratulations to #NeerajChopra for winning first place [emoticon: gold medal] #JavelinThrow competition in #TokyoOlympics,” tweeted the 24-year-old Nadeem who considers 23-year-old Chopra as his role medal.
Prior to the competition, he had tweeted a picture of himself and Chopra at the podium of the 2018 Asian Games where the Indian won gold and the Pakistani won bronze.
In separate tweets in Urdu, Nadeem apologised to the Pakistani public.
“Maazrat, aawaam ki ummeedon par poora nahin utar saka (Apologies, I couldn’t fulfill the nation’s hopes),” he tweeted.
He then thanked his parents, the public and hinted that preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games weren’t as good as he would have liked.
“Mere waalden aur Pakistan ki aawaam ka bohot shukriya jinki duaaon se aaj iss maqaam tak pohoncha. Insha Allah agli baar bharpoor tayyari ke saath Olympics me shirkat karoonga (Very thankful to parents and Pakistani public, whose prayers enabled to me to reach this stage. God willing, next time, I will participate at the Olympics with full preparations),” Nadeem tweeted.
His father Muhammed Ashraf, who works as a mason, has had to bear expenses of training and travel to big Pakistani cities for competition. Ashraf had, in the past, often sought support from his country and province’s governments, who, according to him, haven’t been keen on providing it.