Neeraj’s gold and men’s hockey team’s bronze struck an emotional chord.
With an almighty heave, Neeraj Chopra made history. His 87.58m throw in the men’s javelin event gave independent India her first Olympic medal in track and field.
Chopra’s gold also ensured India’s highest-ever medal tally at the Games (seven total), one better than the previous best achieved at London 2012.
No Olympic sport captures the imagination of the nation quite like hockey. Nationalistic fervour reigned when the men’s team defeated Germany to win bronze — India’s first hockey medal since V. Baskaran’s men clinched gold in Moscow 1980. The women nearly made it a perfect outing, before suffering heartbreak at the hands of Great Britain in the third-place playoff match.