India at Tokyo Olympics LIVE: Neeraj Chopra wins Gold medal in Javelin Throw, clinches India’s first medal in ATHLETICS after 100 years – Follow Live Update

India at Tokyo Olympics LIVE: Neeraj Chopra wins Gold medal in Javelin Throw, clinches India's first medal in ATHLETICS after 100 years - Follow Live Update
India at Tokyo Olympics LIVE: Neeraj Chopra wins Gold medal in Javelin Throw, clinches India's first medal in ATHLETICS after 100 years - Follow Live Update

India at Tokyo Olympics LIVE: Neeraj Chopra wins Gold medal in Javelin Throw, clinches India’s first medal in ATHLETICS after 100 years – Follow Live Update-Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra created history on Saturday as he became the first from the country to win a gold in track and field in the Olympics. He threw a distance of 87.58m to pick the gold at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.

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Neeraj began his quest for medal with a massive throw of 87.03 meters and was leading the pack after the end of first attempt. He bettered it with the second throw of 87.58m. While he wasn’t able to improve any further, it was enough to get him the coveted medal. He is now the second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to win a gold medal in individual events.
As a result of this win, India has now won seven medals in the multi-sporting event. In the ongoing Tokyo 2020, Bajrang Punia (Bronze), Mirabai Chanu (silver), PV Sindhu (bronze), Lovlina Borgohain (bronze), men’s hockey team ( bronze), and Ravi Kumar Dahiya (silver) have also won medals.

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Neeraj had announced his arrival in style in the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday when he threw a monstrous throw of 86.65m and automatically qualified for the final after just his first attempt. The Indian javelin thrower had a personal best of 88.07 metres which was also his season-best before starting his Olympics campaign.

India at Tokyo Olympics LIVE: Neeraj Chopra wins Gold medal in Javelin Throw, clinches India’s first medal in ATHLETICS after 100 years – Follow Live Update

@5:35PM: Tokyo Olympics Javelin Throw Finals LIVE – FINAL THROW NOW – INDIA LEADS:

  • Julian Weber of Germany now and finishes without medal
  • Pakistan Arshad Nadeem finishes but without a medal
  • NEERAJ CHOPRA just minutes away from winning GOLD MEDAL for INDIA
  • This is very big for Indian sports

@5:25PM: Tokyo Olympics Javelin Throw Finals LIVE – FINAL THROW NOW – INDIA LEADS:

  • NEERAJ CHOPRA just minutes away from winning GOLD MEDAL for INDIA
  • This is very big for Indian sports

@5:25PM: Tokyo Olympics Javelin Throw Finals LIVE – THROW 5 STARTS – Indian leading GOLD MEDAL RACE

  • 5th throw also below 80 for Neeraj – but he is sitting pretty in top position
  • Vadlejch in 2nd place with 86.67M / Chopra has 87.58Meter
  • Fight is going on for bronze & silver – Indian way ahead than others in GOLD MEDAL RACE
  • Chopra still leads

@5:15PM: Tokyo Olympics Javelin Throw Finals LIVE – THROW 4 STARTS / Vetter OUT

  • NEERAJ CHOPRA still LEADS 87.58 METER
  • Vesley – in No. 2 85.44 meter
  • Weber @ No. 3 85.3
  • Neeraj Chopra lead the race by a mile
  • Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem 4th with 84.62 m throw
  • Jakub Vadlejch only 82.86

Neeraj @ No. 1 / Vesley No. 2 / Weber No. 3 – Johannes Vetter flops again / he may exit this tournament

@5:00PM: Tokyo Olympics Javelin Throw Finals LIVE – THROW 3 STARTS

  • 85.44 for Vesley of Czech – but still far below Neeraj Chopra
  • From this position – it’s clear India will win medal in Javelin throw / Chopra looking GOOD & CONVINCING for GOLD MEDAL
  • And that will stay his best for now
  • Neeraj Chopra still leading the race by some margin with 87.58 M throw in his 2nd attempt

@4:45 PM:Tokyo Olympics Javelin Throw Finals LIVE – THROW 2 STARTS

    • Indian NEERAJ CHOPRA in BIG BIG LEAD here after 2ND THROW
    • Johannes Vetter again flops – foul throw for him
    • For Weber his 1st throw of 85.3 stays his best
    • Indian leads the race now by more than 2 meters
    • Ohh Indian is in superb form / No one even close to him
    • Neeraj 2nd throw 87.58
    • Neeraj now ready for 2nd throw


Results

@4:30PM: Tokyo Olympics Javelin Throw Finals LIVE: Neeraj Chopra Javelin Throw Finals LIVE: Neeraj Chopra starts his Gold Medal pursuit in Javelin Finals – Follow LIVE Updates – Players are being introuced

  • Indian LEADS after 1st ROUND of throws
  • Neeraj Chopra has started brilliantly and Vadlejech starts with 85.3
  • Johannes Vetter starts with 82.52 / Neeraj Chopra leading
  • One of the big contender Julian Weber starts with 85.3 / Neeraj leading this race
  • NEERAJ CHOPRA starts with 87.03 m – brilliant start
  • Andrian Mandrare starts with 81.16M
  • 2nd in the list to throw
  • Neeraj Chopra ready to start

@4:15PMNeeraj Chopra Javelin Throw Finals LIVE: 4:30PM Final starts, we again remind you –

  • Neeraj Chopra is a man in form in the line with Personal as well as season best throw of 88.07m
  • Only Julian Weber of Germany (88.29 PB / 84.95), Johannes Vetter (97.26 PB) & Jakub Vadlejch of Czeck Republic have better lifetime throws than Neeraj.
  • Two of them Weber & Vadlejch’s season best way below Neeraj
  • Without any doubt this FINAL would be NEERAJ CHOPRA vs Johannes Vetter (Germany)

@3:53PMNeeraj Chopra Javelin Throw LIVE – Javelin throwers r out and Indian champion can be seen Warming Up – Big big day for Indian sports. Can Neeraj DELIVER on world’s biggest stage?

@3:30PMTokyo Olympics Javelin Finals LINE Up – Neeraj Chopra Finals LIVE: Just 1 hour to go for the big finals here in Tokyo Olympics & check the 12 lucky throwers who have made it to the finals – Some key facts

  • Neeraj Chopra is a man in form in the line with Personal as well as season-best throw of 88.07m
  • Only Julian Weber of Germany (88.29 PB / 84.95), Johannes Vetter (97.26 PB) & Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic have better lifetime throws than Neeraj.
  • Two of them Weber & Vadlejch’s season-best way below Neeraj
  • Without any doubt, this FINAL would be NEERAJ CHOPRA vs Johannes Vetter (Germany)

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Nonetheless, Chopra will face some stiff competition when he takes the field on Saturday, and here’s a look at his top five contenders for a podium.

Johannes Vetter

Johannes Vetter is the big favourite at the Tokyo Olympics this year and has the second biggest throw in javelin throw history. The 28-year-old is known to breach the 90m mark with great consistency and has won the gold at the 2017 World Championships and another gold at the European Throwing Cup. He settled for the bronze at the 2019 World Championships. Vetter set a new personal best of 97.76 m, only 72 centimetres shy of Jan Železný’s world record at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial. He finished second behind Neeraj Chopra in qualifying with a throw of 85.64.

Jakub Vadlejch

Jakub Vadlejch finished second in Group B during qualification, with a throw of 84.93m. The 30-year-old set his personal best of 89.73m during the 2017 World Championships, where he won the silver medal. Vadlejch qualification throw was his season-best effort, which is way below Chopra’s effort during the qualification and the season, but the Czech star could make his mark with the sport being of fine margins.

Arshad Nadeem

Pakistan’s javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem topped Group B in the qualification round and will be one of the biggest draws during the finals on Saturday. Nadeem threw 85.16 in qualification, which is shy of his personal record and seasonal best of 86.38m. The 24-year-old won the gold medal at the South Asian Games in 2019, and will certainly be aiming to make the big step to the Olympic podium.

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Vítězslav Veselý

Vítězslav Veselý is one of the only handful of players who have recorded throws better than Neeraj Chopra’ personal best on 88.07m in their careers. Veselý finished fifth in Group A and qualified for the finals with a throw of 83.04m. The 38-year-old veteran has won gold medals at the World Championships and the European Championships in a distinguished career. With Tokyo likely being his final frontier, Veselý will have an added incentive to get the extra distance and take a potential spot on the podium.

Julian Weber

Germany’s Julian Weber will also be a contender during the finals on Saturday after he threw he finished third in Group B with a throw of 84.41m in qualification. Weber has largely been overshadowed by Vetter’s exploits on the world stage, but the 26-year-old has a personal best of 88.29m, 0.22m more than Neeraj Chopra’s personal best. While that effort from Weber came way back in 2017, the German ace remains a key hurdle Neeraj Chopra has to pass if he aims to Olympic glory.