Bollywood raves as Neeraj Chopra wins gold; Akshay Kumar and Dia Mirza congratulate
Neeraj Chopra’s breathtaking performance at the Tokyo Olympics earned India its first gold in track and field on Saturday. The athlete recorded a best try of 87.58 and finished ahead of Czech Republic duo Vitezslav Vesely and Jakub Vadlejch, who had the second best throw of 86.67. Vesely, on the other hand, won bronze with his attempt of 85.44 m.
Neeraj Chopra’s gold marks a historic moment for the nation. The medal is not only India’s first gold at the current Tokyo Olympics, but it is also the country’s second gold, the first coming from Abhinav Bindra’s performance in 2008 in Beijing. Chopra made it to the men’s javelin throw final after dominating the standings in the qualifying rounds.
Indians across the country rejoiced at this historic victory. Bollywood actors took to social media to congratulate Neeraj Chopra on winning the gold medal in Tokyo. Famous for his roles in Gold and Pad man, Akshay Kumar took to Twitter to applaud the athlete for his outstanding performance. He blamed Chopra for “billions of tears of joy.” He wrote: “It’s a GOLD for first place. Warmest congratulations @ Neeraj_chopra1 for making the story. You are responsible for a billion tears of joy! Well done #NeerajChopra! # Tokyo2020. ‘
Adnan Sami also posted pictures of Chopra and wrote: “Warmest congratulations to our Golden Boy #NeerajChopra !! What an incredibly proud moment !!! Nothing less than historic !! Indian flag emoticon.
Novelist Shobhaa De also took to Twitter to celebrate the country’s glorious victory. In her tweet, she called Chopra the country’s “Golden Boy” and mentioned that India was rejoicing.
Dia Mirza also used her Twitter account to retweet the official Olympic Games post after Chopra’s victory. She accompanied the retweet with the caption: “Wooohooooo #NeerajChopra India is so proud of you !!! #TeamIndia # Cheer4India # Athletics #Olympic Games’
The list of Bollywood actors who took part in celebrating India’s first gold medal at the 2020 Olympics is endless. Ananya Panday, who got her start in the industry with Student of year 2 and Kiara Advani also joined the rest of B-town to congratulate Chopra. The two took to Instagram to upload stories of the same.
Photo credits: PTI
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