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Asian Games: Neeraj Chopra becomes first Indian to win javelin throw gold

India's Neeraj Chopra celebrates with his coach Uwe Hohn after winning the gold medal in the men's javelin throw event at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta on August 27, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian javelin-thrower to win an Asian Games gold medal as he shattered his own national record by clearing a distance of 88.06m in Jakarta on Monday.

Chopra’s gold is only the second medal India has won in javelin throw in Asian Games history after Gurtej Singh won bronze in 1982 in New Delhi.

The 20-year-old’s winning throw came in his third attempt. He began with 83.46m and fouled the second attempt.

India’s Neeraj Chopra in action during the javelin throw event at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta on August 27, 2018. He became the first Indian to win the gold medal at the Asian Games.

India’s Neeraj Chopra in action during the javelin throw event at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta on August 27, 2018. He became the first Indian to win the gold medal at the Asian Games.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

 

Liu Qizhen of China was a distant second, with a best throw of 82.22m, while Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem won the bronze with a 80.75 effort.

The Commonwealth Games and reigning Asian champion completely dominated the competition as he bettered his own national record of 87.43, which he had come up with in Doha during the first leg of the Diamond League series in May. None of the competitors in the field had a 85-plus throw this season.

 

Chopra’s biggest rival was expected to be Chao Tsun Cheng, who last year recorded a throw of 91.36m, but the Chinese Taipei thrower could manage a best of 79.81 to finish fifth.

Chopra, the world junior record holder of 86.48, has been in tremendous form this season as has consistently crossed the 85m mark.

He won the Federation Cup in March with 85.94m, clinched a gold in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with a throw of 86.47m, before the 87.43 effort in Doha. Before coming here, he had 85.17 and 85.69 in France and Finland during his preparations for the Asian Games.

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