23-year-old Neeraj Chopra is the son of a farmer from Haryana and had taken up athletics only to shed flab on his body. And was his first-ever Olympics performance and he has already secured a place in the finals!
According to The Hindu, Neeraj Chopra qualified for the final of the javelin throw event at the Tokyo Olympic with a stunning first attempt of 86.65m. The final round is to be held on Saturday. Have a look at today’s throw here:
.@Neeraj_chopra1 made entering an Olympic final look so easy! 😲😱
Neeraj's FIRST attempt of 86.65m in his FIRST-EVER #Olympics was recorded as the highest in men's Group A, beating @jojo_javelin's 85.64m 👏#StrongerTogether | #UnitedByEmotion | #Tokyo2020 | #BestOfTokyo pic.twitter.com/U4eYHBVrjG
— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) August 4, 2021
This happy news soon started trending on Twitter as people celebrated the athlete and rejoiced in the possibility of another medal for India.
What a brilliant start from Neeraj Chopra in #JavelinThrow . Announces his arrival in grand style. Qualifies for the final in his first throw finishing top in his group. Absolutely brilliant . pic.twitter.com/BX7oRFuUng
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 4, 2021
WHAT A THROW!
— Harsh Sanghavi (@sanghaviharsh) August 4, 2021
— 🇮🇳STAUNCH SUPPORTER OF NAMO🇮🇳 (@Manishikanand) August 4, 2021
Super proud of #TeamIndia sweeping #Tokyo2020 with stellar performances. Huge congratulations to @Neeraj_chopra1 for arriving at the finals with a record and to #DeepakPuniya and #RaviKumar for entering the semi-finals with roaring promises of victory. WHAT A THROW
— Samir Modi (@samirmodi) August 4, 2021
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Incidentally this is the first time an Indian has topped qualification at any athletics event at the Olympics. Already a bit of history by Neeraj Chopra. https://t.co/1xYRzMSmst
— jonathan selvaraj (@jon_selvaraj) August 4, 2021
Stunning Performance 👇
India's Neeraj Chopra secured qualification for the javelin throw final with his first attempt earning top slot. 86.65m.
Congratulations and All the Best for Gold 👍🇮🇳
— Megh Updates 🚨 (@MeghUpdates) August 4, 2021
Congratulations to #NeerajChopra on qualifying for the finals of the #Javelin Throw event at #Tokyo2020 with a mighty performance. #PrideOfIndia 🇮🇳#Athletics #GoForGold #Cheer4India @Neeraj_chopra1 pic.twitter.com/r7rnjBITw9
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) August 4, 2021
Go for gold Neeraj Chopra… the snapshot is from one of my favourite Walk The Talk episodes. Nehru Stadium, Delhi, 2018… pic.twitter.com/FCbeWa5gyx
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) August 4, 2021
What an incredible debut! Keeping our fingers crossed for Neeraj Chopra. May he win a medal!