Neeraj Chopra won the men`s javelin on Saturday with a best throw of 87.58 metres to claim a historic first Olympic athletics gold medal for Bharat. The Czech Republic`s Jakub Vadlejch won silver with 86.67 metres and Vitezslav Vesely claimed the bronze with 85.44.
Chopra, the 2018 Commonwealth champion, seized the lead with a throw of 87.03 on his first attempt, a distance no other competitor achieved during the final, winning Bharat`s first gold of the Tokyo Games as his overjoyed team mates and coaches watched from the stands.
The nation celebrated Chopra's achievments with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar joining the celebrations.
Chopra became only the second Bharatiya to win an individual Olympic gold medal after Abhinav Bindra won the 10-metre air rifle event at the 2008 Games.