Neeraj Chopra became only the second Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics on Saturday, outperforming the field by a wide margin to capture India’s first track-and-field medal.
The 23-year-old farmer’s son from Khandra village near Panipat in Haryana stunned the sports world by throwing 87.58 metres in the finals, ending India’s 100-year wait for an Olympic track and field medal.
Chopra became India’s seventh medalist and first gold medalist at the Olympics, joining shooter Abhinav Bindra (2008 Beijing Games) as individual gold medalists.
The country has now exceeded its previous highest haul of six medals from the 2012 London Olympics. At the Tokyo Olympics’ closing ceremony, India’s flag will be carried by Neeraj Chopra.