Lucknow: India’s blue eyed athlete, Neeraj Chopra, who brought a gold medal home in Tokyo Olympics reportedly visited Uttar Pradesh’s capital city, Lucknow, today on Thursday, where he was accorded with an One District One Product (ODOP) artefact presented by state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Announcing about the event on Twitter, Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer, Navneet Sehgal, expressed his gratitude towards the athlete. Mr. Sehgal wrote,
टोक्यो ओलंपिक 2020 में भाला फेंक प्रतियोगिता में भारत के लिए स्वर्ण पदक जीतने वाले श्री @Neeraj_chopra1 से आज लखनऊ में भेंट हुई। उपहार स्वरूप मा.मुख्यमंत्री जी @myogiadityanath @CMOfficeUP द्वारा उन्हें ओडीओपी उत्पाद भी भेंट किया गया है। pic.twitter.com/JkQZmuu5U6
— Navneet Sehgal (@navneetsehgal3) August 19, 2021
The 23-year-old farmer’s son from Khandra village near Panipat in Haryana produced the second throw of 87.58m in the finals to finish ahead of Czech Republic duo of Jakub Vadlejch and Vitezslav Vesely to clinch the gold medal. He stunned the athletics world and end India’s 100-year wait for a track and field medal in the Olympics.
Chopra won the country’s seventh medal and first gold in this Olympics and joined shooter Abhinav Bindra (2008 Beijing Games) as India’s individual gold winners in the showpiece. With this, the country surpassed the previous best haul of six medals achieved in the 2012 London Games. Neeraj Chopra will be taking the flag for India at the Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony.