Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra made history on Saturday by becoming the first Indian ever to win a gold medal in an athletics event at the Olympic Games. As India celebrated his triumph, the 23-year-old from Haryana took to Instagram to thank all those who helped him reach this stage. 

“Still processing this feeling. To all of India and beyond, thank you so much for your support and blessings that have helped me reach this stage. This moment will live with me forever,” Chopra, who managed to gain over 2 million followers in 24 hours, wrote on Saturday. 

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The comments section was filled with congratulatory messages. 

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On August 7, the athlete broke the spell of 100 years and brought home the much-awaited gold with a stunning throw of 87.4 m. Soon, the country erupted in celebrations. Several leaders and athletes took to social media to congratulate Chopra on his victory. 

“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,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. 

“Unprecedented win by Neeraj Chopra! Your javelin gold breaks barriers and creates history. You bring home first ever track and field medal to India in your first Olympics. Your feat will inspire our youth. India is elated! Heartiest congratulations!” President Ramnath Kovind tweeted. 

With Chopra’s gold, India’s medal tally in the Tokyo Olympics reached seven, which is the country’s highest ever, beating the tally of six medals won at the London Games in 2012.  

Meanwhile, Neeraj dedicated his historic achievement to sprint legend Milkha Singh. 

“Milkha Singh wanted to hear the national anthem in a stadium. He is no longer with us but his dream has been fulfilled,” Chopra said, leaving his son Jeev Milkha Singh overwhelmed with “eternal gratitude.”