Historic Day For India, Neeraj Chopra Wins Gold At Olympics

Chris Steward
Chris Steward
Neeraj Chopra

India has 3 medal contenders on the 14th day of the Olympics. The day started with Aditi Ashok being tied at 2 at the end of 3rd round. She started well but 2 bogeys in the final round kept her out of top 2 after the 10th hole. She was in there for the bronze position but New Zealander’s Lydia Ko birdies surpassed her score and she had a chance in the final hole had she scored a birdie. However, her par and Lydia Ko’s par performance made sure that she keeps the Indian out, and with a score of -15, she was at number 4th position. The young golfer who had her mother as caddie did everything right but just the 2 bogeys in the final round snatched her medal which she truly deserved.

Next up was India’s star wrestler Bajrang Punia. He played with heart but lost in the semifinals to a better player than him. Today though, he looked different and confident as he was all over the Kazak wrestler Daulet Niyazbekov. The first round saw him earning a passivity point and Daulet’s defended well as all of Bajrang’s moves were defended by the Kazak wrestler. Bajrang though came with even more intent and made moves for which the Kazak was not ready. He took one leg of the Kazak wrestler at will and won the match 8-0. This is the first time that India has won two Olympic medals in wrestling and with this medal, India leveled its medal tally mark of the London Olympics.

After that, it was India’s chance of bettering its medal tally and winning its first-ever medal in track & field event.

topped the qualification mark and he just needed to better that mark to win a medal is what all the experts said. He threw his first throw for a little over 87 meters and remained top after the 1st attempt. He bettered his throw with the second throw at 87.58 meters. He was since then in contention for a medal as he led the charts from 1st attempt and to his merit even after failing in his next 4 attempts, no one else could better the distance as well.

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A medal was expected out of time but winning Gold was definitely not expected. He won the Gold and created history as not just he became the 2nd individual gold medalist from India but also became the 1st Indian to win a medal in track & field events. Neeraj Chopra created history and also became the youngest Indian individual to win an Olympic Gold medal. With his medal, it became India’s highest medal tally as they surpassed their previous best of 6 medals to 7. Tokyo has always been lucky for India, as Indian won Gold in Hockey in Tokyo Olympics 1964 and we were back to winning a medal in hockey after a gap of 41 years at Tokyo. Indian challenge is over at the Tokyo Olympics but what a turnaround this has been for Indian sports enthusiasts.

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