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Neeraj Chopra wins historic gold with season-best throw

16 April 2018, 01:52 | Anna Jefferson

Sports CWG 2018 Neeraj Chopra wins first Javelin Gold Medal for India 2 hours agoby Abhishek Lohia

CWG 2018 Neeraj Chopra wins first Javelin Gold Medal for India

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.

Charles Da'Vall Grice of England beat Johnson to the fourth position by a fraction of a second with a time of 3:37.43.

The 20-year-old, Indian Athlete who held the best throw among all the javelin throwers from the Commonwealth Games this year was India's best bet in the field events.

The promising Arpinder Singh also missed a podium spot in the men's triple jump.

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

The Indian touched 16.46m in the fourth round.

Neeraj is getting a pat on his back from all across the globe for clinching gold in the CWG debut as well as taking place for himself among the elite Indian athletes who won a gold medal.

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