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Neeraj Chopra’s javelin victory delivers India its first Olympic gold medal in observe and discipline

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 is the first time we have gold, so it’s a proud moment for me and my country,” the 23-year-old Chopra informed reporters.

“In the qualification round I threw very well so I knew I could do better in the final. I didn’t know it would be gold but I am very happy,” 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 obese and needed 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, common secretary of India’s opposition Indian National Congress occasion, congratulated Chopra on Twitter: “What an excellent efficiency. History has been made. India is so happy with you.”

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