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.

What

  1. 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.
  2. With this, the country surpassed the previous best haul of six medals achieved in the 2012 London Games.
  3. Czech Republic throwers Jakub Vadlejch (86.67m) and Vitezslav Vesely (85.44m) took the silver and bronze respectively.
  4. No Indian has won a medal in athletics since the country started taking part in the Games in 1920 in Antwerp, Belgium.
  5. Three track and field athletes were part of the five-member team -- the other two being wrestlers -- in that Games.