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16 April 2018, 01:52 | Anna Jefferson
CWG 2018 Neeraj Chopra wins first Javelin Gold Medal for India
2 hours agoby Abhishek Lohia
India bags 21gold medal at Commonwealth Games 2018 as Neeraj Chopra becomes the first javelin thrower with the best effort of 86.47m in the final on Saturday.
What makes his feat more commendable is that the farmer's son from Khandra village near Panipat never had a formal coach while growing up.
Neeraj started with an opening throw of 85.50m before fouling his second attempt. Neeraj has become the first Indian to win a medal in the event.
It didn't matter that Chopra's javelin could only travel a distance of 86.47m in the final on Saturday, 0.1m shorter than his career best.
The CWG field had been depleted after 2016 Olympics silver-medallist Julius Yego of Kenya failed to qualify for final round, while 2012 Olympics champion and Rio Games bronze-winner Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad opted out of the Gold Coast Games. "It was still quite tough but I was very sure of myself", Neeraj said.
Neeraj, a gold-medallist at the Asian Championships past year, simply destroyed the competition with his very first attempt on Sunday that was 85.50m. "You definitely get distracted by that", added Chopra. "As for me, I was not under any pressure or nerves, I was well-prepared", he said. Vipin Kassana could only manage a fifth-placed finish with a best throw of 77.87 metres.
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