Neeraj Chopra scripts history, becomes second individual Indian athlete to win Olympic gold.
India’s star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra ended the 13-year-old wait to become the second Indian athlete to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics after Abhinav Bindra. After finishing first in the qualifiers, Chopra continued his stupendous form in the final by throwing a stunning 87.58m.
Just like he had in the qualifying round, Neeraj led from the time he completed his first throw till the finish. Neeraj was the second to throw in the 12-man final and he got off to a fine start with a throw of 87.03m. He then bettered it with 87.58 on his second and 76.79m on his third.
In fact, the two biggest throws in the final belonged to Chopra. The biggest shock of the tournament was world No.1 and pre-tournament favourite Johannes Vetter failing to make the top eight from a field of 12 finalists. The German had a poor start, only managing 82.52m with his best effort from the first three attempts, which was just below the cutoff.