Indian Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra scripted history when he won India’s first ever gold medal in track and athletics at the Tokyo Olympics last week. Chopra produced a throw of 87.58 metres to win the gold medal for his country.
This was also India’s tenth gold medal at the Olympics and the second individual gold medal since Abhinav Bindra secured a gold finish in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in shooting.
Chopra’s podium finish also meant India recorded its third medal in athletics after Norman Pritchard won silver in 200 metres and 200 metres hurdles at the 1900 Paris Olympics.
During an exclusive interview with IndiaAhead, the 23-year-old expressed his thoughts on what this Olympic gold means to him.
“Becoming an Olympic gold medalist was always my dream and it finally came true. This is the biggest medal in my life and it brings me great joy that I could win this medal when it was really important for the Indian athletics,” Neeraj Chopra told Bhupendra Chaubey today.
When asked about his now iconic celebration after his final throw, Chopra said: “When I made the last throw, before that I was certain that I have done enough to secure the gold medal.”
“I have been throwing javelin for years now and my body and mind automatically knows when to gets into a state of focus,” he said.
Chopra also revealed that he already has his goals set for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and for the upcoming 2024 Olympic Games in Paris as well.
(Text by Snehadri Sarker)