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

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

Earlier Milkha Singh (men's 440 yards), Krishna Poonia (women's discus, 2010) and Vikas Gowda (men's discus, 2014) preceded Neeraj Chopra in Athletics.

He managed to win the gold comfortably, with a throw of 86.47m, which was his season's best.

His path to gold was made a little easier after former world champion and Olympic silver medallist Julius Yego of Kenya failed to qualify for final round. In my desperation to get that, I tried so hard that I tumbled over in my last two attempts. But in his eagerness to achieve his personal best, the youngster from Haryana made a mistake. Starting the proceedings of his bid to finish at top of the podium, Neeraj recorded in at 85.50m as his first attempt while his second was a foul. India's medal tally in CWG 2018 now moves to 49 out of which 22 are gold, 13 silver and 14 bronze.

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. "It was still quite tough but I was very sure of myself", Neeraj said.

Neeraj was happy to achieve a big one on his first throw. Back during his Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneshwar bout, he threw 85.23m, which became the best throw on Indian soil.

"One shouldn't be too serious in life, it's good to be disciplined but you should not overdo food restrictions", he added, waxing lyrical on a host of subjects. "As for me, I was not under any pressure or nerves, I was well-prepared", he said.

In the men's 4x400m relay, the Indian team had to pull out midway through the race after Amoj Jacob pulled a hamstring.

His compatriot Vipin Kashana finished fifth with a best effort of 77.87m. Johnson wiped out the 22-year-old record of Bahadur Prasad set in December 1995, shaving 0.14 seconds off it.

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.

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