'It's been a hectic final day, but worth it,' say Priyanka and Jayaa who brought to you all the live updates during India's best-ever Games.
Thank you, Champion for giving us this champagne moment. This is Bhagya Ayyavoo, signing off from Tokyo!
Whoa! What a week this has been! As one Twitter user put it:
"Your achievement is a symbol of excellence which we will always treasure," says India's first Olympic Gold medallist, shooter Abhinav Bindra. This was a much-needed addition since Abhinav had begun to feel lonely at the top.
Everybody is cheering for Neeraj back at his village!
Sify.com: What was your mindset after the second throw of 87.58m?
Neeraj Chopra: I was thinking I should go for my Personal Best and then go for the Olympic Record of 90.57. Since that was there in my mind, I think I overdid in the third and fourth throws which affected the speed. After those two attempts, I had a stable throw to finish with.
"I am reminded of Milkha Singhji. I wanted to meet him with the Olympic medal. I am very upset that he's not with us today. Hopefully, he's seeing this from above and his dream has been realized." – Neeraj Chopra
The late Milkha Singh's son, golfer Jeev Milkha Singh, penned an emotional note of thanks for Neeraj Chopra:
It was also the Flying Sikh, Milkha Singh ji's wish to see India winning a gold medal in Athletics. That dream has finally come true, albeit a few months late. He would have been a proud man today. But he sure must be smiling down upon us, revelling in the pride of our nation and its athlete's great achievement at Tokyo 2020!
Capture these moments. Neeraj gets his gold medal, the Indian national anthem rings out at the Olympic Stadium!
It's the moment we all have been waiting for… It's time for India's national anthem to ring out at the Olympic Stadium. Moment of pride for Neeraj Chopra and India!
Can you believe it? A gold! In athletics at the Olympics! INDIA!
It really is a dream come true!
What an evening it's turned out to be for India! The Tokyo Games really did save the best for the last as far as we are concerned!
First Bajrang Punia won bronze in wrestling - India's second medal in wrestling in this edition of the Games - and then Neeraj creates history by winning gold in the Men's Javelin Throw. GOLD!
Neeraj becomes the first Indian after Independence to win an Olympic medal in athletics, a discipline we have normally never been serious contenders in.
He is the second-ever individual gold medallist, after Abhinav Bindra in 2008.
He takes India to our best-ever medal tally at any Olympics. Seven for India in Tokyo - 4 Bronze, 2 Silver, 1 Gold!
Sify.com is in Tokyo to witness this historic moment, as Neeraj does a victory lap -
What a moment… We have our own Olympic champion in Tokyo! Neeraj Chopra will give us the most cherished moment here at the Olympic Stadium when the Indian National Anthem plays in a short while from now... This is what I came for…
He's done it!
GOLD FOR NEERAJ CHOPRA IN THE MEN'S JAVELIN THROW!!! INDIA'S FIRST OLYMPICS MEDAL IN ATHLETICS (since Independence) - AND IT'S GOLD!!!
Julian Weber can only manage 75.72m in his final attempt, then Vitezslav Vesely's and Jakub Vadlejch's attempts are disqualified - and that's it!
Neeraj knows he's won it, and his final throw of 84.24m is irrelevant now.
What a moment for the 23-year-old Olympic debutant and India! Neeraj Chopra wins gold in the Men's Javelin Throw with a best of 87.58m. Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic (86.67m) takes silver, while compatriot and 38-year-old Vitezslav Vesely (85.44m) gets bronze.
We have waited so long for this moment! Let's savour it now!
Has he run out of fuel? Another poor throw from Neeraj Chopra, and this one is disqualified too.
He may have done enough, though - He remains in first place in the standings with his best of 87.58m, with one more throw to go.
A close battle is going on behind him for the medal positions as well.
Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic hits his season best of 86.67m to move up to second, while compatriot and veteran Vitezslav Vesely is in third with a best of 85.44m (fourth attempt - 84.98m). Julian Weber of Germany is on their tails with 85.30m (fourth attempt - 85.15).
Not a good throw from Neeraj Chopra as the Men's Javelin Throw final resumes, with the last three tries to go.
His fourth attempt is too high, and then it is disqualified anyway.
Just one more out of 8 throwers to go, but so far the Indian is still on top in the standings.
A good effort also from Arshad Nadeem, currently at 4th, the Pakistani hitting 82.91m.
Vitezslav Vesely of Czech Republic is 2nd with 85.44m, Julian Weber of Germany is third with 85.30m.
What an upset!
Johannes Vetter - one of the favourites and the only one in the list to have hit the 90m mark - is out!
He finishes 9th in the standings at the halfway mark in the Men's Javelin Throw.
After all 12 athletes have taken their three attempts, the bottom four drop out and the remaining 8 get another three tries.
As things stand, Neeraj Chopra is on top with his best attempt of 87.58m so far.
Has he done enough for a medal? Has he done enough for a gold?
We go again, in reverse order now, so Neeraj will get his chance last. The dream is on!
Neeraj was on top of the standings after the athletes completed their second round. Julian Weber of Germany and Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic remained behind him in 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
Johannes Vetter slipped and saw his throw cancelled. Arshad Nadeem's throw was cancelled as well.
His third throw is poor, though. Just 76.79m.
However, his second throw of 87.58m is more than enough to earn him three more attempts. After the third round, only the top 8 athletes will get another three attempts.
My word, he looks to be in some form!
Neeraj lets out a roar as the javelin leaves his hand, because he knows… And he's right! It's even better than his first attempt, going a distance of 87.58m.
All 12 athletes have now taken their first attempt and Neeraj Chopra's throw of 87.08m has put him in the early lead.
Julian Weber of Germany is second with a season-best throw of 85.30m.
Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic is third with 83.98m.
Johannes Vetter, also of Germany, managed 82.52m, while Arshad Nadeem of Pakistan hit 82.40m.
Neeraj's second throw is coming up…
No time to let Bajrang Punia's bronze medal sink in. Neeraj has already taken his first throw, and he's laid down an early marker with that!
87.03m in his first attempt.
He is second in the order, so there are 10 more athletes still to go.
After 3 attempts, the bottom four move out and the remaining 6 athletes get another 3 throws.
India have just won their sixth medal in Tokyo. This equals our best-ever finish at the Olympics, we also got 6 back in London 2012.
Neeraj has the chance to make it 7… And he looks completely relaxed, no pressure!
Some photos of his first attempt thanks to Sify.com in Tokyo -
As the players warm up, the order of play for the Men's Javelin Throw final is in. India's Neeraj Chopra will go second. Johannes Vetter of Germany is 8th, Arshad Nadeem of Pakistan is 9th.
Sify.com is in Tokyo, watching our man warm up…
Bajrang wins it in style! Completely dominant in the second period!
He defended well to hold off Niyazbekov's initial attacks, before taking control of the bout. Three brilliant takedowns, one on the counter, and his opponent looks to have given up.
Bajrang storms to a 8-0 win over Kazakhstan’s Daulet Niyazbekov, to earn the bronze medal in the Men’s Freestyle 65kg category.
India's second in wrestling, and sixth overall in Tokyo!
Neeraj Chopra coming up… Can we make it seven? Fingers crossed!
Bajrang is definitely looking more aggressive than he did in the earlier rounds. There are no successful moves in the first period but he does get 2 points - one for his opponent's passivity, and one for pushing Niyazbekov out of the mat.
Sify.com is in Tokyo and will be bringing you live updates from the Olympic Stadium, where Neeraj Chopra will be in action in a short while.
It's Day 9 at the Olympic Stadium for the athletics events and there's quite an atmosphere here. The medal ceremonies of the marathon events were the first activity to kick off the evening session.
We will soon see India's Neeraj Chopra in action in the Javelin finals. The Javelins have arrived and the athletes too... Neeraj will be aiming here.... We - along with the country - wait with baited breath.
First up is Bajrang Punia, whose opponent has just been confirmed. The Indian will face Kazakhstan’s Daulet Niyazbekov for the bronze medal in the Men’s Freestyle 65kg category, after he stormed to a 10-0 win by technical superiority over Senegal’s Adama Diatta.
Niyazbekov is a three-time Asian Champion and a two-time Worlds medallist. He got second of those medals in 2019, where he beat Bajrang in the semifinals.
Bajrang, however, is the second seed in Tokyo and World No. 1 in his category. He may have looked off-colour in the preceding rounds, but the three-time World Championships medallist and 2018 Asian Games champion has never returned from a major competition without a medal.
Here's hoping he can keep up that record today and get India their sixth medal in Tokyo!
The favourite in the Men's Javelin Throw is Johannes Vetter of Germany. The 28-year-old has crossed the 90m mark an incredible 17 times, with seven of those attempts coming in the first seven months of this year itself. His personal best of 97.76m is the second-best ever in the history of the sport.
However, he struggled a bit in qualifying, only making it through with a throw of 85.64m in his third attempt. Neeraj hit 86.65m in his first attempt, topping the standings in qualification.
Right behind the two of them was Pakistan's Arshad Nadeem. The 24-year-old, who won bronze at the 2018 Asian Games - hit a personal best of 86.38m in April 2021 at the Imam Raza Athletics Cup in Iran.
Neeraj will have to be at his absolute best to make it to the podium amidst such a strong field!
Neeraj Chopra is India's big hope for a first medal in track-and-field at the Olympics. The star javelin thrower has undergone a massive transformation over the years, since starting out as an obese teenager in Haryana. After becoming the first Indian athlete to win a world junior title and set a world record in 2016, he went on to win gold at the 2018 Asian Games and the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He threw his personal best of 88.07 earlier this season - 88.07 metres at the Indian Grand Prix, Patiala in March 2021.
The 23-year-old Olympic debutant is now eyeing the ultimate glory. Will his hard work and years of training bear fruit?
So, with Aditi Ashok unfortunately missing out on a medal this morning, India's last hopes for more medals in Tokyo rest on the strong shoulders of wrestler Bajrang Punia and javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra.
The two will be in action shortly.
Bajrang will face the winner of the bout between Senegal’s Adama Diatta and Kazakhstan’s Daulet Niyazbekov in the repechage round of the Men’s Freestyle 65kg category, hoping to win a bronze. The match should begin around 3:55pm.
At 4:30pm, Neeraj Chopra will be in action in the finals of the Men's Javelin Throw.
Due to the distance between the two venues Sify.com has opted to head to the Olympic Stadium sending best wishes to Bajrang Punia through a few media colleagues who were on their way to Makuhari Messe Hall.
Don't go anywhere, last session of competition (for India) from the Tokyo Olympics coming up!
A moment of pride!
Silver medal winner China's Cu Hong (left), gold medal winner Turkey's Busenaz Surmeneli (second from left), bronze medal winners USA's Oshae Jones (third from left) India's Lovlina Borgohain, right, during the Women's Welterweight (69kg) medal ceremony at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. All images: AP
Sify.com caught up with Aditi's mother, who was waiting for the golfer at the Club House for the post-match formalities.
"It was so close, perhaps it was not meant to be." – Maheshwari Gudlamani, Aditi Ashok's mother
Sweeping views of the 18th green…
"Finishing fourth at an Olympics where they give out three medals kind of sucks." – Aditi Ashok
Stay tuned for more from Aditi Ashok!
Aditi's former coach, Tarun Sardesai, has been following her journey at the Tokyo Olympics closely -
She may have missed the medal by a whisker, but Aditi has won our hearts for sure! She was ranked 200 in the world coming into this tournament, but she was right in it until the last hole, going toe-to-toe with the World No. 1 Nelly Korda and others way higher than her in the world rankings. In a strong field that featured all the top 15 players, at an event as big as the Olympics.
Most of all, she has managed to get an entire country that didn't know the first thing about golf to take interest! That is really an incredible achievement, and we can hope for more successes from Aditi in the days to come.
The final positions have now been decided.
Gold to Nelly Korda of the USA, Silver for Japan's Mone Inami and Bronze for Lydia Ko of New Zealand.
She just misses out!
Aditi Ashok did her best there, but ends up one shot behind to finish just outside the medal positions in 4th. Her overall score is 15 under, one shot behind Lydia Ko in 3rd.
Nelly Korda of the USA takes gold, while Lydia Ko of New Zealand and Mone Inami of Japan will head to a play-off for silver.
But what an impressive show from Aditi over four days of golf! She deserves all our support and love!
Never imagined golf could be so nerve-wracking!
Aditi is now down to 4th after missing a birdie, with one hole to go.
No matter the result, Aditi Ashok has already had a big impact. Getting her fellow countrymen to take an interest in golf!
Also remember that she is ranked 200 in the world, way behind World No. 1 Nelly Korda and World No. 11 Lydia Ko.
In case you're wondering who the woman walking on the course with Aditi's bag is…
We are getting word that play at the golf course is set to resume at 9:45am IST.
Remains to be seen how this disruption will affect the players' focus and momentum.
Meanwhile, Sify.com is on its way to the Kasumigaseki Country Club.
Oh! The hooter has sounded a storm warning, the rain has started falling down already, and so the players have to go off!
As things stand, with two holes to go, Aditi is back up to tied 3rd, along with New Zealand's Lydia Ko. Nelly Korda is in first place, with 17 under, while Japan's Mone Inami is one shot behind in second place.
Such drama! And now we have to wait a while to know what happens next.
We are heading for a nail-biting finish in the Women's Individual Stroke Play in golf. With three holes to go in Round 4, India's Aditi Ashok is still in the hunt but has dropped to 4th, right on the tails of the top three on the leaderboard.
The wind is also getting stronger at the golf course, so that is just adding to the tension!
Speaking of special days… when we last started the morning's live coverage from the Olympic Stadium, Neeraj Chopra registered 86.65m in his first attempt in the Men's Javelin Throw qualification round to go through to the final.
That night when I spoke to my father, he was so excited that he went on a rant about how Neeraj Chopra has made India proud. “On TV, they play up one defeat after another by the Indian athletes, instead they should show us more of this amazing feat on the world stage by Neeraj Chopra,” he said. I usually don't agree with my old man, but this time I do!
This 23-year-old from Panipat, Haryana has raised expectations sky high and has been marked out to end ‘Independent India’s' long wait for a medal in athletics at the Olympics, which was the late Milkha Singh's wish as well.
Well, I am leaving for the Golf venue now, Priyanka and Jayaa will continue the live updates.
‘We don’t play for the flag very often as golfers, and rarely at an event as big as the Olympics." - Aditi Ashok
Women golfers usually don't dream of the Olympics as much since golf has rarely been part of the Games in the past.
Could today be that special day in the 23-year-old Bangalore girl's career?
Emily Kristine Pedersen of Denmark, Australia's Hannah Green and Japan's Mone Inami are the other golfers doing well this morning.
The women's draw has all the top-15 ranked players in the world in the fray.
We will keep our focus on Aditi, of course. Our three-time winner on the Ladies European Tour is making good progress so far.
“Irrespective of the course or weather or field, the mindset I'm in is what matters and brings out a great performance. So, I will focus on having that good mindset," Aditi had said before leaving for Tokyo.
She's certainly showing it so far!
In order to get to the Kasumigaseki Country Club from my hotel, I have to take the highway. A couple of hours back, I had checked at the front desk, and they confirmed that it was an hour's drive to the Musashino Hills from here.
However, since it's the weekend, I should be prepared for a two-hour drive if there's traffic on the roads.
Well, we will be following Aditi's progress and I will plan my travel accordingly.
Good news coming in from the Kasumigaseki Country Club!
India's Aditi Ashok is tied for the first spot after the completion of seven holes in the final round of the women's golf competition.
Overnight leader Nelly Korda of USA is one-over par, which has allowed Aditi and Rio 2016 silver medallist Lydia Ko of New Zealand to catch up.
Aditi and Lydia have drawn level with rounds of -2 and -4, respectively.
The trio are in the joint lead, on 14-under.
Earlier, India's other golfer in the event, Diksha Dagar finished tied 50th.
The weather has been up and down since the early hours of the morning, sunny only in patches. When I had stepped out around 9am JST, it was quite gloomy.
Extreme heat and humidity hogged the headlines for most part of this Games. The forecast for today says it will be cooler in Tokyo. Due to rain in the forecast, the maximum temperature in Tokyo will be around the 31 degrees Celsius mark. In the last 15 days that I have been here in Tokyo, the temperature has always been around the 35 degrees mark.
True to the forecast, in Nishi-Kasai where I stay, it has been drizzling for the last 30 minutes.
Will weather play a role at the golf course too?
Aditi Ashok headed to Tokyo with her career-best finish (tied 3rd) on the LPGA tour in Midland, USA.
"It gives me confidence that I am heading to Tokyo with a good finish. I am going with no expectations - just have fun and one day at a time."
Perhaps that's what seems to be working for Aditi, who is featuring in her second straight Olympics.
“Expectations don't always work for me. So, I am trying to stay focused on one day at a time.”
A warm welcome to Day 16 of our live coverage of the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020.
It's been a long and challenging journey as we enter the penultimate day of the Games. Today there are 34 gold medals to be won, the most on any day at this edition of the Games. And India will be eyeing one of them at least, to make it their best-ever campaign in Olympic history.
We have three medal hopes in the fray today – Neeraj Chopra (Javelin Throw), Aditi Ashok (Golf) and Bajrang Punia (Wrestling).