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CWG 2018 Day 10: Neeraj Chopra wins javelin gold

16 April 2018, 03:37 | Sandy Nunez

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He also became the fourth overall and third-ever Indian man and to grip an athletics medal after Milkha Singh in 1958, Krishna Poonia in 2010 and Vikas Gowda in 2014.

"It is a very important medal for me, I wanted to touch my personal best but I missed it by a centimetere".

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

Neeraj has been a consistently winning gold medals at different sports events.

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

In Saturday's final, Chopra led the field from the word go with his first throw of 85.50m. In August 2017, he won a gold medal at the Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar with a sensational mark of 85.23m. He consistently crossed the 82m mark in the final, fouling two attempts in all.

"It makes a lot of difference when you manage to get a first throw like that". It builds pressure on others.

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The fun-loving youngster laughed when asked how he would celebrate the momentous occasion but did speak about the importance of letting one's hair down once in a while to escape stress. A bit of enjoyment always works. "It's not healthy to just lock yourself in a room before a big competition", he advised.

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.

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 bronze medallist from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Arpinder Singh, could not repeat his feat this time around as his best jump of 16.46 metres saw him finish fourth. Johnson wiped out the 22-year-old record of Bahadur Prasad set in December 1995, shaving 0.14 seconds off it.

The only other gold for India was won by the women's 4x400m relay team in New Delhi, 2010.

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



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