New Delhi [India], December 28 (ANI): Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra not solely created historical past when he clinched a gold medal within the Tokyo Olympics but additionally fulfilled legendary athlete Milkha Singh’s want to see India bringing the most important laurel again on the mega occasion in monitor and subject occasion.
One of the nation’s earliest sports activities heroes, Milkha Singh died of COVID-19 associated problems in a hospital in Chandigarh in June this yr, leaving the entire nation in shock and disbelief.
The legendary sprinter had again and again stated that it was his final want to see an Indian successful a gold medal in athletics on the Games. And Neeraj fulfilled Milkha Singh’s want when he created historical past by changing into the primary from the nation to win a gold in monitor and subject within the Olympics.
Days after successful the gold, Neeraj Chopra stated it was his dream to fulfil the want of legend Milkha Singh and win a medal for India on the Olympics in monitor and subject.
Neeraj had replied to a message posted by Kiren Rijiju on Twitter in August 2021 and wrote: “Thank you, sir. Mera bhi sapna tha ki Milkha Singh ji ki wish puri kar paun. Bas yehi umeed hai ki woh jahan bhi hai, ye dekh kar khush hue honge. (It was my dream to fulfil Milkha Singh ji’s wish. Hope he will be happy to see me win the medal).”Neeraj had received the gold medal on August 7 and the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) realised the significance of this feat and so they went on to declare August 7 as National Javelin Day. From subsequent yr onwards AFI’s affiliated items will maintain javelin competitions of their respective states and inter-district competitions will probably be held. Javelins will even be supplied by the federation to make the occasion an enormous success.
Milkha represented India on the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, the 1960 Olympics in Rome, and the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. He was the primary Indian athlete to assert a gold medal within the particular person athletics class on the Commonwealth Games earlier than the sprinter’s file was damaged in 2010.
The race for which Milkha is fondly remembered is his fourth-place end within the 400 metres remaining on the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. He had entered as one of many favourites within the showpiece occasion.
During the race, Milkha was main the cost earlier than he misplaced momentum and was overtaken by the opposite sprinters. But when Neeraj threw the javelin to a distance of 87.58m to choose the gold on the Olympics, the star athletes lastly fulfilled Milkha Singh’s long-standing want.
Neeraj’s historic golden throw within the Olympics has been listed as one of many 10 magical moments of athletics (monitor and subject) within the Tokyo Olympics by World Athletics. (ANI)