Neeraj Chopra scripts history
GS Paper - 2 (Sports)
Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra on 7 August 2021 became only the second Indian to win an individual gold in the Olympics, out-performing the field by quite a distance to notch up the first track-and-field Games medal for the country. The 23-year-old from Khandra village near Panipat in Haryana produced a second round throw of 87.58m in the finals to stun the athletics world and end India's 100-year wait for a track and field medal in the Olympics.
- Chopra won the country's seventh medal and first gold in this Olympics and joined shooter Abhinav Bindra (2008 Beijing Games) as India's individual gold winners in the showpiece.
- With this, the country surpassed the previous best haul of six medals achieved in the 2012 London Games.
- Czech Republic throwers Jakub Vadlejch (86.67m) and Vitezslav Vesely (85.44m) took the silver and bronze respectively.
- No Indian has won a medal in athletics since the country started taking part in the Games in 1920 in Antwerp, Belgium.
- Three track and field athletes were part of the five-member team -- the other two being wrestlers -- in that Games.