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Updated on: Saturday, August 07, 2021, 08:41 PM IST

Watch video: PM Modi speaks to Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Neeraj Chopra, lauds his hard work, tenacity

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi dialled phone call to Neeraj Chopra after he clinched gold medal at Tokyo Olympics in Javelin Throw. The 23-year-old Javelin throwercreated history by wining Gold medal in men's javelin throw at Tokyo Olympic today.

While speaking over the phone, PM Modi congratulated Neeraj for achieving this amazing feat. He said, "despite a delay in Olympics event by a year due to COVID-19 pandemic and suffering an injury recently, Neeraj went on to bag the golden medal for India." He also said, You are a soldier and leaving an example for future generation."

PM Modi further lauded his hard work and tenacity and said it was on full display during the Olympics.

"Just spoke to @Neeraj_chopra1 and congratulated him on winning the Gold! Appreciated his hard work and tenacity, which have been on full display during Tokyo2020. He personifies the best of sporting talent and sportsman spirit. Best wishes for his future endeavours," PM Modi said in a tweet.

Chopra gave his best throw of 87.58 to bag the gold medal. With this, he has become the first Indian athlete to win gold ever and India's second ever individual Olympic gold medalist after shooter Abhinav Bindra, who bagged gold in Beijing 2008.

Neeraj Chopra began his quest for a medal with a massive throw of 87.03 meters and was leading the pack after the end of the first attempt. He bettered it with the second throw of 87.58m.

While he wasn't able to improve any further, it was enough to get him the coveted medal. He is now the second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to win a gold medal in individual events Neeraj Chopra had announced his arrival in style in the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday when he threw a monstrous throw of 86.65m and automatically qualified for the final after just his first attempt.

India has now won seven medals in the multi-sporting event, the country's best-ever performance. In the ongoing Tokyo 2020, Bajrang Punia (Bronze), Mirabai Chanu (silver), PV Sindhu (bronze), Lovlina Borgohain (bronze), men's hockey team ( bronze), and Ravi Kumar Dahiya (silver) have also won medals.

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Published on: Saturday, August 07, 2021, 08:41 PM IST
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