CWG 2018 Day 10: Neeraj Chopra wins javelin gold


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

Neeraj on the other hand, made the qualifying mark in his first throw and similarly in the final, he nailed it with 85.50m on his first attempt as none of those in the fray came anywhere close to his mark. This was India's first gold medal in javelin throw at Commonwealth Games, but fourth track and field gold after Milkha Singh, Krishna Poonia and Vikas Gowda. In August previous year, 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. Chopra continued with an enthusiastic performance, throwing a season-best of 86.47, previously best was 85.94m. 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 a lot of difference when you manage to get a first throw like that".

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

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.

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Meanwhile, Jinson Johnson smashed the long-standing 1500m national record and finished fifth in the finals.

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.

The Indian touched 16.46m in the fourth round. Arpinder's best effort was a 16.46m jump.

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

Neeraj is getting a pat on his back from all across the globe for clinching gold in the CWG debut as well as taking place for himself among the elite Indian athletes who won a gold medal.