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Tokyo Olympics 2021 India, Day 15 Highlights: India’s golden boy Neeraj Chopra caps country’s best-ever Olympics performance

Tokyo Olympics 2021 India Events Schedule, Day 15: Neeraj Chopra has won Gold in Javelin Throw, India's 2nd ever individual gold. Bajrang Punia won Bronze in Wrestling; golfer Aditi Ashok earlier missed out on a medal by a whisker, finishing 4th. India have finished their campaign with 7 medals.

By: Sports Desk Written by Mihir Vasavda | Tokyo |
Updated: August 7, 2021 10:41:38 pm
Tokyo OlympicsTokyo Olympics 2021 India, Day 15: Neeraj Chopra won India's first gold medal at Tokyo 2020 and also independent India's first medal in Athletics. (AP)

Tokyo Olympics 2021 India, Day 15 Highlights: Neeraj Chopra won Gold in the Men’s Javelin Throw final to win Independent India’s first medal in Athletics on Saturday. This is India’s 7th medal at Tokyo 2020, the best ever medal haul for India at a single edition of the Games.  Neeraj Chopra’s Gold is also India’s second-ever individual Gold medal at the Olympics, after Abhinav Bindra in Shooting.

Earlier, Indian golfer, Aditi Ashok raised Indians hopes on Saturday for a historic medal but lost out on bronze by one shot to Lydia Ko. Bajrang Punia beat Daulet Niyazbekov of Kazakhstan 8:0 in his Bronze medal match to win a sixth medal for India in the Tokyo Games.

So far, India had won two silver and three bronze medals — Mirabai Chanu and Ravi Dahiya (Silver) and PV Sindhu, Lovlina Borgohain and the Indian men’s hockey team (Bronze) — in Tokyo, one less than their record haul of 6 from London 2012. For this edition, India are currently placed 66th on the medals tally. Saturday is the last event with Indian participation. The closing ceremony will be held on Sunday, where Bajrang is set to be India’s flag-bearer.

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Tokyo Olympics 2021 India, Day 15: Aditi Ashok misses out on bronze by a shot, finishes fourth; Bajrang Punia wins Bronze, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra wins Gold as India end with 7 medals.

22:41 (IST)07 Aug 2021
Raining rewards for Neeraj Chopra

It’s raining rewards for Neeraj Chopra after he secured India’s second individual gold in Olympic history with a sensational performance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The 23-year-old athlete from Harayana has been honoured by several state governments and private organisations for her remarkable achievement. (READ FULL STORY)

21:16 (IST)07 Aug 2021

In recognition of the stupendous achievement of Subedar Neeraj Chopra (VSM), who has won India’s first ever Olympic Gold medal in Athletics, Punjab Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday announced a special cash reward of Rs. 2 Crore for his award winning 87.58 metres javelin throw in Tokyo. The Chief Minister said it was a proud moment for India and all Punjabis, since the family of Neeraj Chopra, a serving soldier of Indian Army, traces its roots to Punjab.

20:29 (IST)07 Aug 2021
Brazil repeats Olympic men's soccer gold with win over Spain

From the World Cup to Olympics, Brazil's men are champions again in Yokohama 19 years apart. Malcom scored in the 108th minute in extra time to give Brazil a 2-1 win over Spain on Saturday to defend Olympic soccer gold on the scene of its last world title in 2002. It's a third straight Olympic soccer medal for Brazil after also collecting bronze in 2012.

20:29 (IST)07 Aug 2021
Allyson Felix's 11th Olympic medal

Allyson Felix won her 11th career Olympic medal Saturday, combining with her American teammates to finish the 4x400-meter relay in 3 minutes, 16.85 seconds for a runaway victory. The team of Felix, Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad and Athing Mu was never in jeopardy in this one. It was America's seventh straight victory at the Olympics in the 4x400. Poland finished second, 3.68 seconds behind, and Jamaica finished third.

19:59 (IST)07 Aug 2021
Khandra: The village where Neeraj Chopra comes from

A 16 km drive from Panipat, through the picturesque Assandh road, where you will spot a theka (liquor store) every 500 metres, lies Khandra. The village, which houses nearly 500 families, doesn’t possess a playground, stadium or even a gym. The youngsters either work on the sprawling family fields or switch to cities for livelihood. Even the closest run-down gym is about six kilometres away.

It’s hard to fathom that despite the apparent nondescriptness, Khandra bred India's first Olympics gold medallist in Athletics, writes Andrew Amsan.

19:52 (IST)07 Aug 2021
Neeraj Chopra 'handsome, like Shah Rukh Khan from India'?

When Neeraj Chopra went to Indonesia for the 2018 Asian Games, grown Indonesian men walked up to him and gushed to his face, calling Neeraj Chopra “handsome, like Shah Rukh Khan from India.” He left the competition far behind at Asian Games 2018 as he broke the national record to bring India's first javelin gold in rhe Asian Games.

Today he has gone one beyond.

19:45 (IST)07 Aug 2021
BCCI announces cash prize for India's medallists
19:42 (IST)07 Aug 2021
Reading Shiv Khera’s book and meditation helped Neeraj Chopra during tough times

India’s star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra picked up meditation techniques and also turned to motivational books, Jeet Aapki by Shiv Khera being a favourite, during this 16-month rehabilitation period following an elbow surgery last year.

“While he would tell us about meditation, it was a surprise for all us to see him meditate when he visited home before going to South Africa, his current training base. He carried Shiv Khera’s book Jeet Aapki and often told us that it’s all about motivation once he gets fully fit. Even during the rehab, most of us family members talked with him through whatsapp almost daily," Chopra’s uncle Bhim Chopra had told Nitin Sharma last year.

19:37 (IST)07 Aug 2021
Brazil win Men's Football Gold, Spain take Silver

Brazil! Back-to-back gold medallists. They win 2-1 against Spain after extra time. Dani Alves is an Olympic champion. Richarlison is an OIympic medallist. 

19:26 (IST)07 Aug 2021
Neeraj Chopra: A closer look at India's first Athletics gold medallist at Olympics
19:22 (IST)07 Aug 2021
Football: Brazil 10 minutes away from back-to-back Football gold medals

Right. Olympics action continues in Tokyo. The Football Men's gold medal match is being played now. Brazil and Spain are locked in combat. Brazil take a 2-1 lead in Extra time with a goal by Malcolm. 10 minutes left for Brazil to win the gold. Can Asension and the Spanish strike back?

19:04 (IST)07 Aug 2021
Neeraj Chopra soars to end generations of heartache

"More than half a century after Milkha Singh looked back for a fraction of a second and 37 years after PT Usha forgot to dip at the finish line resulting in heart-breaking fourth-place finishes, the glorious flight of Neeraj Chopra’s javelin gave the country its first-ever track and field medal, a gold," writes Nihal Koshie.

18:54 (IST)07 Aug 2021
Neeraj dedicates his gold medal to Milkha Singh

"Dedicate this medal to Milkha Singh. Hopefully he'll be watching this from the heavens," Neeraj Chopra says after his gold medal

18:34 (IST)07 Aug 2021
A dream 121 years in the making

For Indian fans who have waited for a moment of glory in Athletics for years, Neeraj Chopra's gold is the end of a long wait. Far longer than even the 41-year wait for a medal in hockey which ended this time. 121 years ago, when the Olympics started as a sideshow in a Paris fair, Norman Pritchard won a medal for India in Athletics, but IOA and IAAF are not in agreement whether that medal belongs to UK or India anyway. Neeraj's medal today is just the second time, and the first time for independent India, that an Athletics medal has been won.

Milkha Singh came close in Rome, PT Usha came close in Barcelona, now Neeraj has finally fulfilled all their dreams. 

18:27 (IST)07 Aug 2021
Neeraj and his gold medal

Neeraj Chopra shares a solitary moment with his gold medal. Mihir Vasavda takes a historic photo.

18:21 (IST)07 Aug 2021
Neeraj's 1st throw

Neeraj had crossed 87 with his very first throw of the night. He bettered his mark even more with his 2nd attempt, going up to 87.58. Both his first two throws would have been good enough for Gold, with nobody else managing to get across 87 on the night of the final.

18:16 (IST)07 Aug 2021
A photo to frame for all times: Neeraj Chopra with his gold medal

Sometimes, history is taught to us. Sometimes, we see it unfolding in front of our eyes. Neeraj raises his right hand to the heavens. India have won an Athletics Gold medal at the Olympics.

18:13 (IST)07 Aug 2021
Neeraj Chopra: Medal ceremony: Indian national anthem plays

Now, it's time for the medal ceremony! Neeraj gets Gold! The national anthem to ring out for the first time in the Athletics arena in the Olympics now. 'If you have tears, prepare to shed them now!'

Meanwhile, some announcements from the Haryana government for Neeraj:

- Rs. 6 crore cash award
- Class-I government job
- a plot, anywhere he wants in Haryana, at concessional rates (50 per cent concession)
- An athletics centre shall be constructed in Panchkula, Neeraj Chopra to be appointed its head

18:08 (IST)07 Aug 2021
Milkha Singh's dream is finally realized

'Dad from above is crying in joy . His dream has come true . Crying as I write this message. Proud moment for India . Salute him for his determination and hard work. God bless. 

A short message sent by Milkha Singh's son Jeev Milkha Singh showing a little of what this result means. 

"It’s my dream to see an Indian athlete win a gold medal at the Olympics that I lost in Rome" 

- Milkha Singh (1929-2021)

17:59 (IST)07 Aug 2021
Some historic sights

India were faster, stronger and, at fourth, finished higher on the classification table than any other women’s team in the last four decades. And the secret behind their dream run? Dollops of courage and shots of the humble gherkin-vinegar pickle. “Literally, just raw pickles, nothing fancy,” said India’s strength and conditioning coach Wayne Lombard. “I don’t know how they came about it but someone randomly tried it, this was followed by a lot of research and it seems to work.”

India put up a gallant fight in the bronze medal playoff match but lost 3-4 to Britain. But once again, they showed how much they have improved during this Olympic cycle, running relentlessly, weaving a web around their opponents with some intricate passing and tiring them out. Chief coach Sjoerd Marijne credited Lombard for a lot of this. “He has worked incredibly hard to improve the team’s fitness,” Marijne said. “Without that, it would have been tough for us to execute our plans.”

And the South African relied on his extensive research on pickle juice. There have been multiple studies, Lombard said, which suggest pickle juice relieves muscle cramps. The vinegar, he said, triggers a reflex that alerts a player’s brain to tell their muscles to stop contracting and relax. Thus, muscle cramping is reduced as soon as the vinegar touches receptors in the mouth.

So, when the players were packing their bags for Tokyo, Lombard was busy shopping for pickles, the ones with gherkin, vinegar. “There are two ways to consume it. You either have it as a shot or you can gargle so your membranes get it and then you spit it out,” he said. He carried roughly 100 shots to Tokyo. “When it was back-to-back games, the girls would drink that after breakfast, or depending on when the game was. And then, at the onset of cramps they would have additional shots if required,” he said. (Read Full Story)

india women hockey, gherkin in vinegar pickle, india women hockey strengthening coach, Wayne lombard women hockey pickle, tokyo olympics, india women hockey team diet Vandana Katariya of India celebrates with teammates after scoring. (Reuters Photo)

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