Indian athlete Neeraj Chopra won a historic gold medal in men’s javelin throw at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, curtailing an end to the 100 long years of waiting for a gold medal in Olympics athletics. He has become independent India’s first athlete to win a medal in the track and field discipline. Prior to this, in the 1900 Olympics, English-Indian athlete Norman Pritchard had won two silver medals representing India, which was then a British colony.
Neeraj took the lead in his first attempt with a throw of 87.03 metres in the final event. In his second attempt, he has bettered his performance to 87.58 metres marking a clear lead. But, in his third attempt, he could not improve his performance. The fourth and fifth ones were fouls.