Neeraj Chopra

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has won the first gold medal for India at Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Chopra has become the second player from India after Abhinav Bindra to win an individual gold at Olympics.

His second throw of 87.58 m in the finals of Tokyo Olympics stunned the athletics world and became the first Indian to win an individual gold medal in athletics at the Olympics.

“It’s a #Gold Javelin thrower #NeerajChopra brings home the first gold medal for India at #TokyoOlympics. He becomes the second athlete after Abhinav Bindra to win an individual Olympic gold,” PIB tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Chopra for making the country proud.

PM Modi In a tweet said Neeraj Chopra’s achievement will be remembered forever.

“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.”

Union minister Kiren Rijiju on his Twitter handle said Neeraj Chopra has fulfilled the wish of Milkha Singh by winning the first gold by an Indian in athletics.

Earlier, Abhinav Bindra won individual gold in shooting at the Olympics.

Rijiju tweeted: “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!”

The 23-year-old athlete is a farmer’s son from Khandra village near Panipat in Haryana.

He is the 2016 world junior champion and Asian Games & Commonwealth Games champion.

His 88.07m throw in Patiala in March broke his own national record.

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