CWG 2018: Neeraj Chopra wins javelin gold with season-best throw

  • CWG 2018: Neeraj Chopra wins javelin gold with season-best throw

CWG 2018: Neeraj Chopra wins javelin gold with season-best throw

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. Just after we heard that Mary Kom had gotten us a gold, here's the latest update that is set to excite you.

The 20-year-old World junior record holder thereafter touched a season's best of 86.47m and became India's fourth individual gold victor in Commonwealth Games history in track and field. In addition top this, Sanjeev Rajput clinched the gold in the men's 50 m Rifle 3 Positions. This is India's 21st gold medal and overall tally goes up to 48 medals.

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.

It didn't matter that Chopra's javelin could only travel a distance of 86.47m in the final on Saturday, 0.1m shorter than his career best.

Chopra, who also became the first Indian athlete to set a world record at any level, bettered his previous personal best of 82.23 set at the South Asian Games earlier this year, which incidentally was the old national record.

He finished the job in style, nearly repeating his junior World Cup mark in his fourth attempt to achieve the biggest moment in his nascent career. Chopra had further created a new U-20 world record with the throw, surpassing the previous record of 84.69m by Latvian thrower Zigisimunds Sirmais. Medals have come regularly at the senior level too. Chopra had previously met the qualifying standard during the Indian GP, but the Athletics Federation of India had made it mandatory for athletes to match their performances at the Federation Cup. In August past 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.