As the 2nd most populous country in the world but India has not won a athletics medal at the Olympics. Therefore, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra is hoping he can change this.
Chopra knows just how valuable an Olympic athletics medal is for Indian athletes, but the gold medal he recently won at the Commonwealth Games has helped him get More confidence before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
In fact, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) also recognized India had a silver medal at the Norman Pritchard hurdles in 1900, just before it gained independence from Britain. So far, the second most populous nation in the world seems to have not had an Olympic medal in athletics.
Hope for India now rests on Chopra, the 20-year-old athlete who just won a gold medal at the javelin throwing at the Commonwealth Games held in Carrara, Australia. It should be added that the former world champion in the youth tournament is only the third person to win a gold and athletics medal for India at the Commonwealth Games, after sprinting athlete Milkha Singh in 1958 and the Discus thrower Vikas Gowda 2014.
“It was my first Commonwealth Games and I started thinking about how hard I practiced to get that moment,” Chopra said. “The greatest joy for me is that I went down in history when I won India’s first gold medal at the javelin.”
In fact, Olympic success has always eluded Indian athletics and they have only the two most famous stars who have had the opportunity to stand on the medal stand including Milkha Singh and P.T. Usha.
Singh did not win the 400m bronze medal at the Rome Olympics in 1960 after a picture at the finish line showed him fourth, while Usha also fell into despair 24 years later when she came fourth. a picture of the finish line at a 400m hurdle at the Los Angeles Olympic Games.