CWG 2018: Neeraj Chopra clinches gold

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

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.

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

Live Blog, CWG, Day 10 Chopra's first throw resulted in him hitting a mark of 85.50 meters that catapulted him to gold medal position.

For celebration, Neeraj had his friend Vinesh Phogat at the stands before the wrestler went to the adjacent Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre to win a gold medal.

"The competition was very good here, the world champion was here but he could not qualify".

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

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. He won the Asian Championships gold in Bhubaneswar and took part in three Diamond League series events, finishing fifth in one of them. He consistently crossed the 82m mark in the final, fouling two attempts in all. "You definitely get distracted by that", added Chopra. It builds pressure on others.

"I tried to be natural because I was completely confident in how I've prepared myself". A bit of enjoyment always works.

Meanwhile, Jinson Johnson smashed the long-standing 1500m national record and finished fifth in the finals. Johnson wiped out the 22-year-old record of Bahadur Prasad set in December 1995, shaving 0.14 seconds off it. The Punjab athlete registered a best attempt of 16.46m to finish fourth. Arpinder's best effort was a 16.46m jump. The Jamaican team won the relay with a time of 3:24.00. Because of this, the quartet of A Dharun, Jacob, Muhammed Anas and Rajiv Arokia could not even complete one lap during the race. With that, Chopra not only joined an elite list of Indian athletes to win a gold medal on their CWG debut, but also became the first Indian to triumph in Javelin Throw at CWG.

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