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Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: Neeraj Chopra wins historic Olympic gold in athletics

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  • Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: Neeraj Chopra wins historic Olympic gold in athletics

    India has broken out into celebrations after Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian to win a historic Olympic gold medal in athletics (javelin throw) at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

    The 2018 Commonwealth Games champion, 23, registered a best throw of 87.58m on Saturday.

    The Czech Republic's Jakub Vadlejch won silver with 86.67m, while compatriot Vitezslav Vesely took bronze (85.44m).

    "It feels unbelievable," said Chopra. "It's a proud moment for me and my country."

    He is only the second Indian to win an individual gold after Abhinav Bindra in the 10m air rifle event at Beijing 2008.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Chopra on Twitter, saying that history had been created.

    It has been a good week for the country at the Olympics - on Saturday, wrestler Bajrang Punia added to the medal haul by defeating Kazakhstan's Daulet Niyazbekov, 8-0 in their bronze medal bout.

    On Wednesday, Indian wrestler Ravi Dahiya won an Olympic silver medal after he lost to Zavur Uguev of the Russian Olympic Committee in the men's freestyle 57kg final.

    The 23-year-old wrestler beat Sanayev Nurislam of Kazakhstan in a dramatic semi-final that saw him overcome a 9-2 lead with two minutes to spare, achieving victory by fall.

    In wrestling, if a wrestler touches the opponent's shoulder to the mat, then the victory is considered as a win by fall.

    On Thursday, India ended a 41-year men's hockey medal drought when it beat Germany in a thrilling match to win bronze.

    Weightlifting champion Mirabai Chanu won India's first medal in Tokyo, a silver, in the women's 49kg category, putting to rest the disappointment of the Rio Olympics in 2016 where she was knocked out after a freak injury.

    India's ace shuttler PV Sindhu won bronze after beating China's He Bing Jiao, becoming the first Indian woman to win two individual Olympic medals. She won her first Olympic medal - a silver - at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    The women's hockey team created history by beating Australia 1-0. The team went through to the Olympic semi-finals for the first time in history after the Rani Rampal-led side took the lead in the 22nd minute and defended it fiercely.

    ut the team were defeated by Argentina. On Friday, they missed out on a bronze medal when they lost to Great Britain in a nip-and tuck-battle. Nonetheless, they made history - previously, India's best result was a fourth-place finish at the 1980 Olympics.

    Boxer Lovlina Borgohain had assured India of another medal - a bronze after she beat Chen Nien-chin of Chinese Taipei to enter the semi-finals. In boxing, there is no third-place match. Both semi-finalists are awarded bronze medals.

    Borgohain won that bronze when she lost to Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey, 5-0. Her bronze makes her the third Indian boxer to win an Olympic medal.

  • #2
    First congratulate Neeraj Chopra for his first rate overall performance, I think every Indian changed into glued to the TV displays, ancient win and it is a tremendous success. He has achieved a brilliant task, let me Cnongratulate him on behalf of all Indians. This is a notable hope for the imminent era to play sports and win extra medals inside the future.
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    • #3
      Congrats Neeraj. It is such a pride time for ourself..