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CWG 2018 Day 10: Neeraj Chopra wins javelin gold

CWG 2018 Day 10: Neeraj Chopra wins javelin gold

Interestingly, Neeraj's worst throw was at 83.48m which was still higher than the best shot of silver medal victor Hamish Peacock from Australia, i.e. 82.59m. Neeraj has become the first Indian to win a medal in the event.

After a throw of 85.50m with his first attempt, Chopra led from the front.

The next best attempt after Chopra's was that of Australia Hamish Peacock as he took silver while she followed by Grenada's Anderson Peters 82.20 assuring him of a bronze. Among many other renowned personalities, President of India congratulated the Javelin throw champion. The latest to do so amongst a long line of Indian names was Indian track and field athlete - Neeraj Chopra.

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

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Since his path-breaking feat, Chopra, although not passing that throw, has stayed within touching distance.

It also made 20-year-old Neeraj the third Indian man and fourth overall to bag an individual athletics gold medal, after Milkha Singh in 1958, Krishna Poonia in 2010 and Vikas Gowda in 2014. At Federation Cup 2018, he did even better.

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. He is now training under former World Record holder Uwe Hohn but has begun training separately in Germany.

Neeraj's counterpart in the Indian javelin contingent - Vipin Kashana, who was another favourite to finish top three came fifth with an attempt of 77.87m.


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