Chopra skewers javelin gold, makes history for India

Chopra skewers javelin gold, makes history for India

Chopra skewers javelin gold, makes history for India

Gold Coast: India's Neeraj Chopra won the men's Javelin title at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Australia's Gold Coast on Saturday. Neeraj Chopra registered his season's best performance of 86.47-meters in the final.

Though the former junior world champion and Asian title victor was happy after achieving the feat, the 20-year-old was not satisfied with his performance.

"I've tried to enjoy myself here and not focus on any negatives, like "I don't like this and I don't like that".

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Neeraj started with an opening throw of 85.50m before fouling his second attempt. This is the third gold medal for India in athletics at Commonwealth Games 2018 after Seema Puni and Navjeet Dhillon bagged silver and bronze medal respectively in men's discus throw event.

Worth mentioning here this is the fourth gold of the day 10 of CWG 2018 for India.

He managed to win the gold comfortably, with a throw of 86.47m, which was his season's best. "It was still quite tough but I was very sure of myself", Neeraj said. In August past year, he won a gold medal at the Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneshwar with a mark of 85.23m - the best-ever throw recorded in Indian soil. "As for me, I was not under any pressure or nerves, I was well-prepared", he said. Vipin Kashana, the other Indian in the fray, took the fifth spot with an attempt of 77.87m.

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Chopra, who also became the first Indian athlete to set a world record at any level, bettered his previous personal best of 82.23 set at the South Asian Games earlier this year, which incidentally was the old national record.

The bronze medallist from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Arpinder Singh, could not repeat his feat this time around as his best jump of 16.46 metres saw him finish fourth.

The only other gold for India was won by the women's 4x400m relay team in New Delhi, 2010.

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It is only the fourth individual gold for an Indian in the track of CWG history and field sport.

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