History has been made. LPU Verto Neeraj Chopra has become the first-ever Indian to win Olympic gold in the track and field events at the 2020 Tokyo Games. India’s seventh medal at the Tokyo Olympics has surpassed their previous best tally of six at the 2012 London Games.
Neeraj stormed into the lead with a throw of 87.03m in his first attempt and then improved it to 87.58m in his second. He continued to lead the field throughout the competition that saw Germany’s gold favourite Johannes Vetter crash out after finishing ninth following the first three attempts, out of which two were fouls and the one he completed resulted in a throw of 82.52m.
In the third attempt, Neeraj tapered off with a throw of 76.79m and ended up committing fouls in his next two attempts. The silver medal went to Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic (best throw of 86.67m) while his countryman Vitezslav Vesely took home bronze (best throw of 85.44m).
An LPU Student has bagged the only GOLD for India! Congratulations, India, LPU student, and Javelin Throw athlete Neeraj Chopra, brings India’s first GOLD in Tokyo Olympics 2020 and our first-ever medal in Track and Field. We at LPU are short of words to describe the intensity of pride and happiness you have brought to us Indians by taking the tricolour to the heights of the sky.
LPU has announced cash rewards for its students who win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
LPU provides a 100% scholarship to its promising athletes, including a full fee waiver, free lodging and boarding, financial assistance for buying sports equipment, participating in various tournaments, and coaching and infrastructure. The university has one of the finest academic and sports infrastructure with Olympic size all-weather indoor swimming pool, a diving pool and warming up pool, 16 badminton courts, multiple squash courts, basketball courts, shooting range, and more.