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Neeraj Chopra’s javelin victory delivers India its first Olympic gold medal in track and field

Chopra’s throw of 87.58m secured the highest spot on the rostrum, as India additionally gained its first gold medal at Tokyo 2020.

“In athletics it’s the first time we now have gold, so it is a proud second for me and my nation,” the 23-year-old Chopra instructed reporters.

“In the qualification spherical I threw very nicely so I knew I may do higher in the ultimate. I did not know it might be gold however I’m very blissful,” he added.

His gold medal success completes a outstanding journey for Chopra that started when he determined to lose some weight.

“I come from a farming background,” defined Chopra. “I used to be chubby and wished to do some health coaching.

“Somehow I ended up in an academy, and picked up javelin throw. The love affair began and now I’m right here with this medal standing in entrance of you.”

The Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch and Vitezslav Vesely gained silver and bronze respectively.

India has now taken dwelling seven medals in complete at Tokyo 2020 — one gold, two silver and 4 bronze.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, basic secretary of India’s opposition Indian National Congress celebration, congratulated Chopra on Twitter: “What an excellent efficiency. History has been made. India is so pleased with you.”

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