Tokyo 2020, Men's Javelin Throw Final highlights: Neeraj Chopra wins gold medal

Athletics, Tokyo Olympics 2020: Here are all the commentary updates from Indian athlete Neeraj Chopra's Men's Javelin Throw Finals on Saturday.

Neeraj Chopra of India won the gold medal in the men's javelin throw final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (File Photo).   -  AP

Welcome to Sportstar's coverage of the men's javelin throw final where India's Neeraj Chopra was in action.

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Neeraj Chopra has also won India's seventh medal this Olympics -- the country's best-ever medal tally at the Games!!!!!

He is also the first star from independent India to win an Athletics medal! Norman Pritchard had won two silver medals for the country in Paris 1900.

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Neeraj Chopra is the second-ever Indian individual gold medallist at the Olympics, after Abhinav Bindra in 2008!!!

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NEERAJ CHOPRA WINS THE GOLD MEDAL!!!

Only the top three have a throw left.

Neeraj Chopra is now assured of a medal!

TOP THREE - 1) Neeraj Chopra (87.58m), 2) Jakub Vadlejch (86.67), 3) Vitezslav Vesely (85.44).

THE FINAL ROUND IS SET TO BEGIN.

Another foul from Neeraj Chopra.

Jakub Vadlejch moves to second with a 86.67m throw!

ROUND FIVE BEGINS.

Neeraj Chopra commits a foul in his fourth throw.

TOP-EIGHT: 1) Neeraj Chopra (87.58m), 2) Vitezslav Vesely (85.44), 3) Julian Weber (85.30), 4) Arshad Nadeem (84.62), 5) Jakub Vadlejch (83.98), 6) Aliaksei Katkavets (83.71), 7) Lassi Etelatalo (83.28), 8) Andrian Mardare (82.84).

NOTE: Top-eight out of the twelve athletes after three attempts will have three more throws.

Aliaksei Katkavets dumps Vetter out of the event with a 83.71m throw!

Arshad Nadeem throws 84.62m to move to fourth.

Another foul from Johannes Vetter!

Vitezslav Vesely moves to second with a throw of 85.44m.

Neeraj Chopra throws 76.79m in his third attempt.

TOP THREE - 1) Neeraj Chopra, 2) Julian Weber, 3) Jakub Vadlejch.

ROUND TWO IS DONE.

Johannes Vetter commits a foul!

Neeraj Chopra betters his first throw with 87.58m!

TOP THREE - 1) Neeraj Chopra, 2) Julian Weber, 3) Jakub Vadlejch.

Neeraj Chopra is first after round one!

Arshad Nadeem (Pakistan) - 82.40m, Pavel Mialeshka (Belarus) - 82.28m, Jakub Vadlejch - 83.98m, Aliaksei Katkavets (Belarus) -  82.49m.

The favourite Johannes Vetter of Germany throws 82.52m!

Kim Amb (Sweden) - 77.22m, Alexandru Novac (Romania) - 77.03m, Vitezslav Vesely (Czech Republic) - 79.73m, Julian Weber (Germany) - 85.03m, Lassi Etelatalo (Finland) - 78.43m.

India's Neeraj Chopra throws 87.03m!

Andrian Mardare of Moldova throws 81.16m in his first attempt.

The athletes are coming out!

UPDATE: Shyam Vasudevan, our man on the ground, reports that Neeraj has thrown over 80m in two practice throws thus far. But three others have also comfortably cleared the mark.

India has not won an Olympic medal in athletics since 1947. Although it has produced the occasional athlete who could compete amongst the best in the world, an Olympic medal in athletics has been elusive. However, there is a genuine belief among Indians that the drought could end.

Their hopes are riding on 22-year-old javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra. As 2016 World Junior Champion, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games champion, an Olympic medal would seem a natural progression for the best javelin thrower (and probably the most promising athlete) India has ever produced. His 88.07m throw in Patiala in March, which broke his own national record, has raised hopes. Qualifying for the final on his very first throw (86.65m) has further strengthened the belief back home.  Here's the lowdown on his opponents on Saturday - READ

Neeraj's opponents

Johannes Vetter

Vetter’s top 5 throws of 2021

1. 96.29 – Chorzow (May)

2. 94.20 – Ostrava (May)

3. 93.59 – Kuortane (June)

4. 93.20 – Dessau (May)

5. 92.14 – Luzern (June)

Arshad Nadeem

Nadeem's best throws - 2021

1. 86.38 - Mashhad (April)

2. 85.16m - Tokyo (August)

Julian Weber

Weber's top 5 throws - 2021

84.95 - Luzern (June)

84.51 - Dessau (May)

84.41 - Tokyo (August)

83.04 - Halle (May)

82.65 - Madrid (June)

Jakub Vadlejch

Vadlejch's top 5 throws of 2021

1. 84.93 – Tokyo (August)

2. 82.31 – Ostrava (May)

3. 82.04 – Zlin (June)

4. 80.85 – Gateshead (July)

5. 78.90 – Potchefstroom (March)

WHAT TIME IS JAVELIN THROW FINAL: 4:30PM IST

WHERE TO WATCH JAVELIN THROW FINAL: On Sony Sports and Sony Liv App