With his spectacular throw of 87.58m in the men’s javelin event final in Tokyo, 23-year-old Neeraj Chopra ended India’s 100-year wait for a track and field medal in the Olympics.
Netizens showered Neeraj Chopra with glowing praises after the star javelin thrower became only the second Indian to win an individual gold in the Olympics.
With his spectacular throw of 87.58m in the men’s final in Tokyo, the 23-year-old son of a farmer from Haryana’s Khandra village ended India’s 100-year wait for a track and field medal in the Olympics. With his feat, Chopra joined shooter Abhinav Bindra (2008 Beijing Games) in an elite and very hard-to-reach club of India’s individual gold winners in the showpiece tournament.
This was India’s seventh medal and first gold in this Olympics.
— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) August 7, 2021
Earlier in the day, wrestler Bajrang Punia earned the sixth medal for India, winning a bronze medal with a dominating performance.
Glued to TV screens, Indians erupted in joy with many hailing the young gold medallist as a “hero” and ‘legend’. Many said listening to the national anthem at the arena made them emotional.
Here’s a look at some of the reactions:
He’s a rocket ,it’s a Gold and there are a billion tears of joy.
Such days don’t come easy.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 7, 2021
What a day. Congrats #NeerajChopra.
First ever. Historic. pic.twitter.com/gcrciqHIc5
— Parveen Kaswan (@ParveenKaswan) August 7, 2021
TODAY IS A BIG DAY FOR US. Jai mata di.. Gold laaye hain hum. Bohot khoob Neeraj. It was goosebumps all the way. pic.twitter.com/UuCiNUEMLO
— Ali Fazal M / میر علی فضل / अली (@alifazal9) August 7, 2021
Yessssssssss! Our first ever track and field medal and it’s a gold!!!!! Neeraj Chopra you byoooooty! Going to hear the national anthem for the first time since 2008!!!! Oh god… can’t contain emoshunsss! Tears and goosebumps! 😭😭😭😭❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽🤟🏽🤟🏽🤟🏽🤟🏽🤟🏽
— Rahul Ravindran (@23_rahulr) August 7, 2021
Such a proud moment for all the Indians as we stood together today for the celebratory Indian National Anthem on @Neeraj_chopra1 ‘s victory! #Gold 🥇 #JavelinThrow #Tokyo2020 #TeamIndia #Cheer4India #Olympics #India 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/gnRKnzSA0S
— Dr. Palak Muchhal (@palakmuchhal3) August 7, 2021
Wins an Olympic Gold yet takes utmost care to neatly fold the National Flag
This is the new India. #NeerajChopra
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) August 7, 2021
Goosebumps moment. After 13yrs we are hearing Indian national anthem in Olympics. First Gold in history of track n field for India. What a proud moment for us. What an achievement ❤️ Take a bow young man🙌 pic.twitter.com/F0TkOlSfOk
— Anusha Prasad (@mrskaranth) August 7, 2021
Finally National Anthem at the podium#NeerajChopra does it for India with a throw of 87.50..
We have a Gold medal finally
— LoveNPeace❤️ (@vinita_pansari) August 7, 2021
My whole family so happy when I said india won gold from a 23 year old Neeraj Chopra for Javelin Throw in Tokyo Olympics … even this is his first Olympic entry😭😭
Happy tears#gold #TeamIndia #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/des4fQe3vA
— Taeboo⁷ |aksh day🎂|ia (@sweetmemobts) August 7, 2021
Created another history…
First ever Olympic Gold for India in the history of Athletics !! #NeerajChopra have made us proud. नीरज चोपड़ा
— Narayan Bhardwaj (@Narayan51023939) August 7, 2021
What a tribute to Rabindranath Tagore. On his death anniversary finally the Indian National Anthem will be played at Tokyo. Goosebumps!
— Abhinandita Dayal Mathur (@abhinandita_m) August 7, 2021
Source: The Indian Express