TOKYO, JAPAN: Neeraj Chopra brought an end to a long wait by creating history with his gold medal win at the Tokyo Olympics in the men's javelin throw event. He won with a throw of 87.58m in his second attempt.
He is the first Indian in over 120 years, and the first athlete from independent India, to win an Olympic medal in a track-and-field event.
He is the second Indian to win an individual gold medal in Olympics after shooter Abhinav Bindra.
Gold medallist Abhinav Bindra wrote a congratulatory note on social media for him, welcoming him to the club.
"To win a gold at the grandest sporting event in the world, which is held once every four years, is in itself so improbable that less than 3% of 11,707 athletes competing in Tokyo will end up with one," he wrote.
Olympian PT Usha expressed her gratitude by thanking Neeraj Chopra for accomplishing her unfulfilled dream. She had lost the 400m hurdles by a narrow margin.
Mahindra and Mahindra announced XUV700 as reward for Neeraj Chopra for his historic feat at the Tokyo Olympics 2021.
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Speaking to the media, 23-year-old said that he will go ahead and try to win the World Championships next.