Tokyo Olympics 2020: Neeraj Chopra on Saturday becomes the second Indian to win an individual gold medal in the Olympics, out-performing the field by quite a distance to notch up the first track-and-field Games medal for India.
The 23-year-old who is a farmer’s son from Khandra village near Panipat in Haryana produced an excellent second throw of 87.58m in the finals to stun the athletics world and end India’s 100-year wait for a track and field Olympic medal.
Chopra won the country’s seventh medal and first gold in this Olympics and joined shooter Abhinav Bindra (2008 Beijing Games) as India’s individual gold winners in the main event. With this, the country surpassed the previous best haul of six medals achieved in the 2012 London Games. Neeraj Chopra will be taking the flag for India in the Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony.
Here are the reactions by the top leaders to Neeraj Chopra’s Gold medal victory
President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted from his official handle, “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!”
Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu said the gold medal won by Neeraj Chopra “ended a long wait” by India. “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,” his official handle tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “history has been scripted”. “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,” he tweeted.
The Prime Minister later spoke to Mr Chopra and congratulated him. “Just spoke to @Neeraj_chopra1 and congratulated him on winning the Gold! Appreciated his hardwork and tenacity, which have been on full display during #Tokyo2020. He personifies the best of sporting talent and sportsman spirit. Best wishes for his future endeavours,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
Sports Minister Anurag Thakur referred to Neeraj Chopra as India’s Golden Boy. “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,” he tweeted.