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

CWG 2018 Neeraj Chopra wins first Javelin Gold Medal for India

Premier Indian Javelin Thrower Neeraj Chopra on Saturday delivered his season best performance to clinch gold in the javelin throw event of the Commonwealth Games 2018 here.

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. Last month, he got gold with his 85.94m throw at Patiala during Federation Cup National Championships. Kenya's former world champion Julius Yego failed to make the final. His second throw was a foul, but that first throw kept him comfortably in the lead, ahead of Grenada's Andreson Peters, who was in the silver medal position with a best throw of 82.20m after two attempts.

As competition continued on Saturday, India had 21 gold medals to lie third on the overall table, behind hosts Australia and England.

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

"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.

Vikas Kashana, the other Indian in the fray, finished fifth with a best of 77.87m.

"I tried to be natural because I was completely confident in how I've prepared myself".

In the men's 4x400m relay, the Indian team had to pull out midway through the race after Amoj Jacob pulled a hamstring.

Although he had already qualified for the Commonwealth Games, he challenged himself and set a new record in Indian soil of 85.94m, in what was his final attempt of the competition.

However, there was heartbreak for 2014 Glasgow bronze medallist triple jumper Arpinder Singh who missed the podium this time, finishing an agonising fourth. Yordanys Garcia (16.86m) will take the silver medal to Dominica while Marcel Mayack took the bronze medal for Cameroon with a personal best mark of 16.80m.

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