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In the midst of the Covid devastation, an Army officer Neeraj Chopra wins the country’s first sports gold, sparking celebrations and a rebirth of pride.

After Neeraj Chopra won the country’s first ever Olympic athletics gold medal in the men’s javelin in Tokyo, India has been swept up in a wave of jubilation. Chopra’s historic victory on Saturday night gives India a total of seven Olympic medals, capping a comeback of national pride in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed the lives of more than 427,000 Indians.

After decades in the doldrums, India was already high on a successful performance by the men’s and women’s hockey teams. Neeraj Chopra, who had qualified first, put forth an outstanding performance on Saturday to earn India’s first-ever Olympic gold medal in athletics. With a top throw of 87.58 meters, the 23-year-old took first place in the men’s javelin throw event at the ongoing Tokyo Games.

He said, “It seems unbelievable.” “This is our first Olympic medal in a long time, and it’s our first gold in athletics, so it’s a great moment for both me and my country.”

Neeraj’s greatest throw came in his second try, which was enough to propel him to the top of the podium ahead of Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch (silver) and Vitezslav Vesely (bronze) (bronze). The video of Neeraj’s spectacular throw was published by India’s official Twitter account for the Tokyo Olympics.

Neeraj Chopra was instrumental in India’s second gold medal in the Olympics. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, shooter Abhinav Bindra became India’s first Olympic gold medalist. Neeraj’s performance also raises India’s medal tally at the Tokyo Games to seven, the best ever for the country, surpassing the six achieved at the 2012 London Games.

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