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Neeraj Chopra: From chubby kid trying to lose weight to Olympic champion

On Saturday, with his javelin in hand, Chopra was nothing short of a rockstar at Tokyo's Olympic stadium, which should have been full to capacity to watch his genius unfold but had just a handful officials and coaches to cheer him on thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Men's Javelin Throw - Final - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - August 7, 2021. Neeraj Chopra of India celebrates after winning gold(REUTERS)
Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Men's Javelin Throw - Final - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - August 7, 2021. Neeraj Chopra of India celebrates after winning gold(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 07, 2021 07:47 PM IST
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Tokyo Olympics: Bindra congratulates Neeraj Chopra on historic gold medal

  • Tokyo Olympics: Beijing 2008 gold medallist Abhinav Bindra took to Twitter to congratulate Tokyo 2020 javelin champion Neeraj Chopra on a historic gold medal.
Tokyo Olympics: 'A symbol of experience we will always treasure': Abhinav Bindra congratulates Neeraj Chopra on historic gold(AGENCIES/HT COLLAGE)
Tokyo Olympics: 'A symbol of experience we will always treasure': Abhinav Bindra congratulates Neeraj Chopra on historic gold(AGENCIES/HT COLLAGE)
Published on Aug 07, 2021 07:32 PM IST
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Bollywood cheers for Neeraj Chopra’s historic gold medal at Tokyo Olympics

  • Several Bollywood celebrities, from Ajay Devgn to Rakul Preet Singh, congratulated javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra for winning a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Neeraj Chopra is the second Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal.
Neeraj Chopra is the second Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal.
Published on Aug 07, 2021 07:12 PM IST
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'It's unbelievable': Neeraj Chopra reacts after historic gold at Tokyo Olympics

  • Tokyo Olympics: "It feels unbelievable. It is the first time India has won a gold in athletics, so I feel very good. We have just one gold here in other sports," Neeraj Chopra said after winning the historic gold.
Tokyo: Gold medalist Neeraj Chopra, of India, poses during the medal ceremony for the men's javelin throw at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in Tokyo.(AP)
Tokyo: Gold medalist Neeraj Chopra, of India, poses during the medal ceremony for the men's javelin throw at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in Tokyo.(AP)
Published on Aug 07, 2021 07:11 PM IST
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Neeraj Chopra wins historic gold medal in men’s javelin throw. Twitter reacts

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Neeraj Chopra scripted history by winning a gold medal.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Neeraj Chopra made history by winning gold medal.(Twitter/@Olympics)
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Neeraj Chopra made history by winning gold medal.(Twitter/@Olympics)
Published on Aug 07, 2021 07:09 PM IST
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Anand Mahindra's special present to Neeraj Chopra for winning gold in Tokyo

Anand Mahindra, the Chairman of Mahindra and Mahindra Group, made an announcement that he would gift Neeraj an XUV 700 for his remarkable achievement.
Neeraj Chopra (L) and Anand Mahindra (R)(HT Collage)
Neeraj Chopra (L) and Anand Mahindra (R)(HT Collage)
Updated on Aug 08, 2021 07:59 AM IST
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Tokyo 2020: Allyson Felix's 11th Olympic medal comes in US 4x400 relay

  • 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.
Tokyo 2020: Allyson Felix's 11th Olympic medal comes in US 4x400 relay(AFP)
Tokyo 2020: Allyson Felix's 11th Olympic medal comes in US 4x400 relay(AFP)
Published on Aug 07, 2021 06:49 PM IST
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VIDEO: Neeraj Chopra's 87.58m throw that gave India a historic gold in Tokyo

  • Neeraj Chopra's 87.58m throw that earned India a historic gold in javelin throw event at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday - watch video.
VIDEO: Neeraj Chopra's 87.58m throw that gave India a historic gold at the Tokyo Olympics
VIDEO: Neeraj Chopra's 87.58m throw that gave India a historic gold at the Tokyo Olympics
Published on Aug 07, 2021 06:22 PM IST
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Twitter hails Neeraj Chopra for winning gold medal at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Neeraj’s gold in the men’s javelin throw event took India’s medal tally to seven at the Tokyo Olympics, bettering the count of six medals at the 2012 Tokyo Olympics.
India's Neeraj Chopra clinches gold at Tokyo Olympics 2020(PTI)
India's Neeraj Chopra clinches gold at Tokyo Olympics 2020(PTI)
Updated on Aug 07, 2021 06:18 PM IST
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'History has been scripted': PM Modi tweets after Neeraj Chopra wins gold

  • "History has been scripted at Tokyo! What @Neeraj_chopra1has 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," tweeted PM Modi.
Tokyo: India's Neeraj Chopra reacts as he competes in the final of the men's javelin throw event at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021.(PTI)
Tokyo: India's Neeraj Chopra reacts as he competes in the final of the men's javelin throw event at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021.(PTI)
Published on Aug 07, 2021 05:55 PM IST
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Tokyo 2020: India’s Neeraj Chopra wins historic gold in men’s javelin throw

Tokyo Olympics: India's Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal in the men's javelin throw event with a throw of 87.58m in his second attempt.
Neraj Chopra wins historic gold medal in men's javelin throw event
Neraj Chopra wins historic gold medal in men's javelin throw event
Published on Aug 07, 2021 05:43 PM IST
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Neeraj Chopra's historic gold makes Tokyo 2020 India's best ever Olympics

  • Neeraj Chopra won a historic gold medal in men's javelin throw to make the Tokyo 2020 Games India's best ever Olympics campaign. Chopra scripted history on Saturday by becoming independent India's first athlete to win a medal in a track and field event.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Men's Javelin Throw - Final - Neeraj Chopra of India in action at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan(REUTERS)
Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Men's Javelin Throw - Final - Neeraj Chopra of India in action at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 07, 2021 05:51 PM IST
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PM Modi, President Kovind congratulate Bajrang Punia for clinching bronze medal

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and extended his best wishes to Bajrang Punia, adding that the wrestler from Haryana has made the country proud.
Wrestler Bajrang Punia(HT_PRINT)
Wrestler Bajrang Punia(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Aug 07, 2021 05:19 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com, New Delhi

News updates from HT: Fatigue one of common post-Covid issues, says AIIMS Patna

  • Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 5pm. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Updated on Aug 07, 2021 05:00 PM IST
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Tokyo Olympics: Bajrang Punia wins bronze medal in men's 65kg wrestling

  • Bajrang Punia redeemed his campaign as he earned India's sixth medal of Tokyo 2020 with a clear 8-0 victory in the bronze medal bout.
Bajrang Punia wins bronze in men's 65kg wrestling
Bajrang Punia wins bronze in men's 65kg wrestling
Published on Aug 07, 2021 04:27 PM IST
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Ravi Dahiya thanks CM for announcing indoor wrestling stadium in Nahri

Dahiya also thanked the chief minister for encouraging the players by announcing jobs and cash rewards.
India's Ravi Dahiya holds his silver medal during the medal ceremony of the men's freestyle 57kg wrestling event at Tokyo Olympics(PTI)
India's Ravi Dahiya holds his silver medal during the medal ceremony of the men's freestyle 57kg wrestling event at Tokyo Olympics(PTI)
Published on Aug 07, 2021 02:01 PM IST
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Hard to be happy with 4th place at Olympics: Aditi Ashok

Overnight sole 2nd, Aditi finished fourth with a three-under 68 in the final round that left her 15-under 269 overall at the par-71 Kasumigaseki Country Club where world number one Nelly Korda of the USA took gold with a four-round total of 17-under 267.
Aditi Ashok, of India, writes on her scorecard on the third hole during the final round of the women's golf event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics(AP)
Aditi Ashok, of India, writes on her scorecard on the third hole during the final round of the women's golf event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics(AP)
Published on Aug 07, 2021 01:52 PM IST
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Tokyo 2020: Dream season for Nelly Korda now includes Olympic gold medal

  • Nelly Korda held her nerve during a chaotic chase for medals and a one-hour storm delay at the end, calmly taking two putts from just inside 30 feet for a one-shot victory.
Tokyo 2020: Dream season for Nelly Korda now includes Olympic gold medal(AFP)
Tokyo 2020: Dream season for Nelly Korda now includes Olympic gold medal(AFP)
Published on Aug 07, 2021 01:51 PM IST
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'Shameful': Rani on alleged casteist slurs hurled at teammate Vandana's family

The family of Katariya, who scored four goals during the Olympics, found itself at the receiving end of allegedly casteist slurs from few people in their neighbourhood in Haridwar after the team lost the semi-final clash against Argentina on Wednesday.
India's Rani Rampal reacts after losing 1-2 against Argentina during women's field hockey semifinal match.(PTI)
India's Rani Rampal reacts after losing 1-2 against Argentina during women's field hockey semifinal match.(PTI)
Published on Aug 07, 2021 01:44 PM IST
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Tokyo 2020: Turkey's Surmeneli wins women's welterweight gold

Gu took silver, while Lovlina Borgohain of India and Oshae Jones of the United States both won bronze medals as losing semi-finalists.
Turkey's Busenaz Surmeneli, right, punches China's Cu Hong during their women's welterweight 69-kg boxing gold medal match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)(AP)
Turkey's Busenaz Surmeneli, right, punches China's Cu Hong during their women's welterweight 69-kg boxing gold medal match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)(AP)
Published on Aug 07, 2021 01:04 PM IST
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‘Well played Aditi’: PM Modi, President Kovid laud Aditi Ashok’s performance

Aditi narrowly missed out on an Olympic medal as she finished a brilliant 4th in the women’s individual stroke play on Saturday.
Aditi Ashok(REUTERS)
Aditi Ashok(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 07, 2021 12:39 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com, New Delhi

Kevin Durant guides Team USA to basketball gold over France

Durant (21) and Tatum (11) combined for 32 first-half points as the U.S. led 44-39 at the break.
United States' Kevin Durant waves a United States flag as he celebrates with teammates after their win over France in a men's basketball Gold medal game at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics(AP)
United States' Kevin Durant waves a United States flag as he celebrates with teammates after their win over France in a men's basketball Gold medal game at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics(AP)
Published on Aug 07, 2021 11:27 AM IST
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Tokyo Olympics Day 15: Action in images

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Golf - Women's Individual - Final - Round 4 - Kasumigaseki Country Club - Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan - August 7, 2021. Aditi Ashok of India in action. REUTERS/Toby Melville(REUTERS) 30
Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Golf - Women's Individual - Final - Round 4 - Kasumigaseki Country Club - Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan - August 7, 2021. Aditi Ashok of India in action. REUTERS/Toby Melville(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 07, 2021 08:02 PM IST
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Tokyo 2020: Yafai wins Britain's first boxing gold of Tokyo Games

Yafai sent the 23-year-old Filipino to the canvas in the first round with a fierce left hook to the chin but Paalam recovered quickly and fought hard for what could have been the Philippines' first-ever Olympic boxing gold medal.
Britain's Galal Yafai after his men's flyweight 52-kg boxing gold medal match against Carlo Paalam of the Philippines(AP)
Britain's Galal Yafai after his men's flyweight 52-kg boxing gold medal match against Carlo Paalam of the Philippines(AP)
Updated on Aug 07, 2021 11:18 AM IST
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Aditi misses medal narrowly, ends 4th at Olympics

Aditi Ashok ended two strokes off the pace with a total of 15-under 269.
Aditi Ashok of India at Tokyo Olympics 2020(REUTERS)
Aditi Ashok of India at Tokyo Olympics 2020(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 07, 2021 10:54 AM IST
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Tokyo 2020 Day 15 H/L: Neeraj Chopra wins gold medal in men's javelin throw

  • Tokyo Olympics 2020 Highlights Day 15: Neeraj Chopra bagged a historic gold medal in the men's javelin throw event. Wrestler Bajrang Punia won India its sixth medal by winning bronze. Earlier today, Aditi Ashok missed out on a medal by a whisker by finishing 4th in golf.
Tokyo Olympics 2020 Highlights Day 15(AP)
Tokyo Olympics 2020 Highlights Day 15(AP)
Updated on Aug 07, 2021 06:58 PM IST
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Tokyo 2020: Bajrang Punia to fight for bronze after losing to Haji Aliyev

  • Just like some of India's other big medal hopefuls, Bajrang simply could not bring his best to the Olympic stage.
Morteza Ghiasi Cheka of Iran competes against Bajrang Punia of India. (Getty Images)
Morteza Ghiasi Cheka of Iran competes against Bajrang Punia of India. (Getty Images)
Published on Aug 06, 2021 10:53 PM IST
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ByAvishek Roy, Tokyo

Tokyo 2020: The hunt for the impossible treble

  • 'Flying Finn' Paavo Nurmi and 'Czech Locomotive' Emil Zatopek belong to the rarest club in running. In Tokyo, Dutch runner Sifan Hassan almost joined them as she chased a distance running treble.
Sifan Hassan of Netherlands celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the Women's 1500m Final. (Getty Images)
Sifan Hassan of Netherlands celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the Women's 1500m Final. (Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 06, 2021 10:18 PM IST
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Tokyo Olympics: Indian women's hockey team shows they belong to the grand stage

  • If ever there was victory in defeat, this was it. In a match where both teams ran themselves ragged, battling for every ball, the more skillful team won, but India proved that they more than belonged to this stage. This is a result that is bigger than the match itself.
Indian Women's Hockey players celebrate during India vs Great Britain match, at Tokyo Olympics 2020, in Tokyo on Friday.(ANI Photo)
Indian Women's Hockey players celebrate during India vs Great Britain match, at Tokyo Olympics 2020, in Tokyo on Friday.(ANI Photo)
Published on Aug 06, 2021 10:04 PM IST
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ByAvishek Roy

Tokyo Olympics: Sjoerd Marijne parts ways from Indian hockey on a high

  • Even though Marijne went running on to the turf to comfort the crying team after the loss to Great Britain in the bronze medal playoff, he started crying himself after getting the team in a huddle.
Sjoerd Marijne with India hockey team players
Sjoerd Marijne with India hockey team players
Published on Aug 06, 2021 09:58 PM IST
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