Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian Javelin Thrower to win an Asian Games gold medal. As he shattered his own national record by clearing a distance of 88.06m.
this is only second medal India has won in Javelin throw in Asian Games history after Gurtej Singh won bronze in 1982 in New Delhi.
20 year old’s winning throw came in his third attempt, he began with 83.46m and fouled the second attempt.
Where Qizhan Liu of China won the silver with 82.22m and Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem’s 80.75m got him the bronze.
in the final, Neeraj had a personal best throw of 87.43m from May this year and his biggest competitor for the gold was expected to be Chinese Taipei’s Cheng Chao Tsun, whose best throw was a massive 91.36 from 2017.
Neeraj Chopra, the world junior record of 86.48, has been in tremendous form this season as has consistently crossed the 85m mark.
Neeraj Chopra, he won the Federation Cup in March with 85.94m, clinched a gold in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with a throw of 86.47m, before the 87.43 effort in Doha. Before coming here, he had 85.17 and 85.69 in France and Finland during his preparations for the Asian Games.
This is India’s 41st medal at the Asian Games this year and India now have 8 gold, 13 silver and 20 bronze,
Chopra has been in fine form coming into the 18th edition of the Asiads and was named the flag bearer of the nation as well.
Neeraj Chopra has won 3 gold medals for Indian in 2018, including one at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
Sotteville Athletics Meet and the Savo Games are the other two competition, where he bagged the top prize.
Throw was also his personal best, overshadowing his previous best distant of 87.43 metres at the IAAF Diamond league in Doha.