Within minutes of javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra becoming the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold in athletics at the ongoing Tokyo Olympic, India’s GOLD medal winner in shooting Abhinav Bindra on Saturday wrote a congratulatory note.
Abhinav Bindra had won gold in shooting at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 10m air rifle event, becoming India’s first individual gold medallist.
Taking to his Twitter handle, Abhinav Bindra tweeted, “And Gold it is for @Neeraj_chopra1.Take a bow, young man ! You have fulfilled a nation’s dream. Thank you! Also, welcome to the club – a much needed addition! Extremely proud. I am so delighted for you.”
The note which Bindra shared on Twitter said, “Many congratulations on becoming India’s second Olympic gold medalist. To win a gold at the grandest sporting event in the world, which is held once every four years, is in itself so improbable that less than 3% of 11,707 athletes competing in Tokyo will end up with one. Add it to the weight of expectations from an extremely proud nation starved of Olympic success, and your achievement becomes even more memorable.”
He also shared the video, where he said, “Dearest Neeraj, I know how much effort and belief has gone into your quest to be the best, to win that gold medal at your first Olympics. It was such an emotional moment for me as it was for every Indian. The world is your playground and your achievement will be a symbol of excellence, which we will always treasure. My sincerest congratulations and all my respect.”
He concluded the letter by welcoming Neeraj to the elusive club.
Neeraj Chopra created history on Saturday as he became the first from the country to win a gold in track and field in the Olympics. He is now the second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to win a gold medal in individual events.