Wishes and praises are pouring in for Neeraj Chopra, who won the first gold medal for India in javelin throw on Saturday.
Congratulating Chopra on this feat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "History has been scripted at Tokyo! What Neeraj Chopra has achieved today will be remembered forever. The young Neeraj has done exceptionally well. He played with remarkable passion and showed unparalleled grit. Congratulations to him for winning the Gold."
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor wrote on Twitter, "Neeraj Chopra, who held on to the top spot since the beginning of the first round, has brought India their first ever post-independence athletics Olympics medal ever! Finally India has an entry in the Gold Medal category. Congratulations Neeraj Chopra! India is so proud of you!"
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also congratulated Chopra on winning the first gold medal for India at Tokyo Olympics. "Gold! Neeraj Chopra…you have created history and made the whole country proud. Your 87.58 m winning throw today will be part of the legends of the Track and Field arena. India owes you! Jai Hind."
"A golden throw! Congratulations Neeraj Chopra on historic first-ever track & field Gold medal for India in Javelin throw at #Tokyo2020. The country is so proud of you. With this, you took India to its highest ever medal tally at the Olympics. You will inspire generations," wrote Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Neeraj became only the second after shooter Abhinav Bindra (2008 Beijing Games) to win an individual gold for India at the Olympics. With it, India’s medal tally rose to seven — surpassing country’s previous best haul of six medals achieved at the 2012 London Games.
PM Modi applauds Neeraj Chopra on Olympic gold medal
'You will inspire generations,' wrote Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik