CWG 2018: Neeraj Chopra wins 1st gold for India in javelin event


Neeraj kicked off in style with 85.50m and went on nonchalantly to script out a terrific series, that, however, included two fouls - on the second and third attempts.

His path to gold was made a little easier after former world champion and Olympic silver medallist Julius Yego of Kenya failed to qualify for final round.

Gold Coast: Neeraj Chopra today became the first Indian javelin thrower to claim a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, with a season's best effort of 86.47m in the final here.

The Haryana lad shot to fame with his record-breaking throw in 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships (Poland).

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"I've been totally relaxed here, I've enjoyed myself", said Chopra, flashing the smile that had a sun-soaked Gold Coast crowd eating out of his hand.

He had an effort of 84.78m in his third attempt before coming up with the winning mark with his fourth throw.

His last attempt is a no-throw and he finished with a best of 86.47 meters.This is season's best throw.

And, when he got to train under Australian coach Gary Calvert, Chopra took no time to blossom. Naturally, the young man was ecstatic: "I would like to thank all those who helped me".

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"One shouldn't be too serious in life, it's good to be disciplined but you should not overdo food restrictions", he added, waxing lyrical on a host of subjects.

At the Federation Cup in March this year, having already qualified for the Commonwealth Games, he set a new record on Indian soil of 85.94m, in what was his final attempt of the competition. In the process, he bettered the earlier 23-year-old national record of 3:38.00 set by Bahadur Prasd in 1995.

The promising Arpinder Singh also missed a podium spot in the men's triple jump. Cameroon's Marcel Mayack II produced a personal best of 16.80m to put the Indian out of medal contention.

The Indian touched 16.46m in the fourth round.

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