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

Neeraj Chopra Wins Gold Medal in Men's Javelin Throw Final at CWG 2018 Becomes First Indian to Do So in Commonwealth Games

The field had been depleted after Olympics and world silver medallist Julius Yego of Kenya failed to qualify for final round, while 2012 Olympic champion and Rio Games bronze victor Keshorn Walcott opted out of the CWG.

With this tremendous record, Chopra not only joined a cream of the crop list of Indian athletes to win a gold medal on their CWG debut but also became the first Indian to win in Javelin Throw at CWG.

As competition continued on Saturday, India had 21 gold medals to lie third on the overall table, behind hosts Australia and England. "I don't think I expected it to go over 86 meters but since the last couple of months, I have worked hard on my fitness, my technique and it all paid off today". It builds pressure on others. Naturally, the young man was ecstatic: "I would like to thank all those who helped me".

"One shouldn't be too serious in life, it's good to be disciplined but you should not overdo food restrictions. It's not healthy to just lock yourself in a room before a big competition", he advised.

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At the Federation Cup in March this year, having already qualified for the Commonwealth Games, he set a new record on Indian soil of 85.94m, in what was his final attempt of the competition. Johnson wiped out the 22-year-old record of Bahadur Prasad set in December 1995, shaving 0.14 seconds off it.

However, there was heartbreak for 2014 Glasgow bronze medallist triple jumper Arpinder Singh who missed the podium this time, finishing an agonising fourth.

The Indian touched 16.46m in the fourth round. Yordanys Garcia (16.86m) will take the silver medal to Dominica while Marcel Mayack took the bronze medal for Cameroon with a personal best mark of 16.80m.

The women's 4x400m relay team of Sonia Baishya, M Poovamma Raju, Laxmanbhai Gayakwad Saritaben and Hima Das finished seventh in their event. The latest to do so amongst a long line of Indian names was Indian track and field athlete - Neeraj Chopra.

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