Chopra skewers javelin gold, makes history for India

Neeraj Chopra Wins Gold Medal in Men's Javelin Throw Final at CWG 2018 Becomes First Indian to Do So in Commonwealth Games

Neeraj Chopra becomes first Indian to win CWG gold medal in Javelin Throw event

Indian athlete Neeraj Chopra on Saturday bagged the yellow metal in Javelin after throwing the seasonal best at 86.7 metres here. "But I am very happy and I have lot of competitions this year to achieve the personal best", Neeraj said after his triumph.

Creating history seems to have become a routine affair for Neeraj Chopra. In my desperation to get that, I tried so hard that I tumbled over in my last two attempts. In the World Under-20 Championships in Bydgosczsz, Poland, Chopra claimed gold and set a world junior record in javelin (800g) with a throw of 86.48m.

The field had been depleted after Olympics and world silver medallist Julius Yego of Kenya failed to qualify for final round, while 2012 Olympic champion and Rio Games bronze victor Keshorn Walcott opted out of the CWG.

Neeraj was the favourite for gold after his 85.94m throw during the Federation Cup National Championships last month.

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With his surprise win, Chopra becomes only the third Indian man to win athletics gold at the Commonwealths, after Milkha "Flying Sikh" Singh in 1958 and Vikas Gowda in 2014.

"I've been totally relaxed here, I've enjoyed myself".

Neeraj, a gold-medallist at the Asian Championships a year ago, simply destroyed the competition with his very first attempt on Sunday that was 85.50m.

Neeraj made a very calculative move in the game, although he rose gradually, giving the best shot in fourth go. "You definitely get distracted by that", added Chopra.

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

"One shouldn't be too serious in life, it's good to be disciplined but you should not overdo food restrictions". Vipin Kashana, the other Indian in the fray, took the fifth spot with an attempt of 77.87m.

Later in the day, Jinson Johnson set a new national record of 3 minutes and 37.86 seconds while taking the fifth spot in the men's 1,500m final. The Punjab athlete registered a best attempt of 16.46m to finish fourth.

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