Update On Aug 8, 12:20 pm ist
Tokyo Olympics 2020: The Olympic record in the javelin throw competition is 90.57 meters, which was set by a Norwegian athlete in the year 2008.
Young athlete Neeraj Chopra, who won India a gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics after 13 years, did not come with the intention of winning but to set an Olympic record during his last throw in the javelin throw. Subedar Neeraj in the National Rifle Regiment of the Indian Army told that he had already known before the last throw that the bullet had been his. So in the end, he landed with the intention of making a record.
A total of 12 athletes including Neeraj Chopra participated in the javelin throw competition. He had reached the goal of getting an Olympic medal in his second attempt. In such a situation, after trying three times, he was finally given a chance in the next three attempts. As soon as silver medalist Jakub Wadlech of the Czech Republic completed his final throw, Chopra knew he had won the gold medal.
Neeraj said in the virtual press conference, "I was the last player to throw and everyone had thrown, I knew that I had won the gold, so something changed in my mind, I can't express it." . I don't know what to do and it was like what I have done.
Chopra said, "I was on the 'run-up' with the spear but I couldn't think. I built up my restraint and tried to focus on my last throw which was not spectacular but still fine (84.24 metres). " He also said that he was aiming for an Olympic record of 90.57 m (set by Norway's Andreas Thorkildsson at the 2008 Beijing Olympics) but could not.
Chopra said, "After getting good first two throws (which were above 87m) I thought I might try for an Olympic record. But that didn't happen."