CWG 2018: Neeraj Chopra wins first Javelin Gold Medal for India

India's Neeraj Chopra won gold in the men’s javelin throw final event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast on Saturday

Though the former junior world champion and Asian title victor was happy after achieving the feat, the 20-year-old was not satisfied with his performance. His second throw was a foul, but that first throw kept him in the lead, ahead of Grenada's Andreson Peters, who was in the silver medal position with a best throw of 82.20m after two attempts. After a strong start to the event, which saw Chopra rise to a Gold medal spot after a throw of 85.50 m, he faltered in his second attempt before he could hit a mark of 84.78 in his third attempt.

Both the quartermilers-relay teams failed to win a medal as the women, competing first up, could only finish seventh of 3:33.61.

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.

Worth mentioning here this is the fourth gold of the day 10 of CWG 2018 for India.

His last attempt is a no-throw and he finished with a best of 86.47 meters.This is season's best throw.

"The competition was very good here, the world champion was here but he could not qualify". In August a year ago, he won a gold medal at the Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneshwar with a mark of 85.23m - the best-ever throw recorded in Indian soil. Overall, he stood fourth among competitors where seven of the 12 participants achieved the mark slated to be set for the final.

"It makes a lot of difference when you manage to get a first throw like that. As for me, I was not under any pressure or nerves, I was well-prepared", he said.

Jinson Johnson set a new national record in the men's 1500 metre final, finishing fifth in a time of 3:37.86.

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. Cameroon's Marcel Mayack II produced a personal best of 16.80m to put the Indian out of medal contention.

It is only the fourth individual gold for an Indian in the track of CWG history and field sport.

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