NEW DELHI: Neeraj Chopra clinched a gold medal in javelin with season best effort of 86.47 meters and India added the 21st gold medal in their Commonwealth Games 2018 tally.
Chopra became the first Indian to win a gold medal on their CWG debut and joined an elite list of Indian athletes to win gold.
Chopra’s first throw resulted in him hitting a mark of 85.50 meters that catapulted him to gold medal position. Despite faltering in his second attempt and hitting a mark of 84.78 in his third, Chopra bettered his own score with a winning effort of 86.47 meters in his fourth. The other Indian in the fray, Vipin Kashana, finished fifth with a best of 77.87.
The next best effort after Chopra’s was that of Australia Hamish Peacock who took silver, followed by Grenada’s Anderson Peters 82.20 assuring him of a bronze.
Chopra’s showing in the last one year has escalated the youngster to the same platform, if not above, as country’s elite athletes. High praise seems to have become synonymous with the 20-year-old. Former India athlete and World Championships bronze medallist Anju Bobby George termed him the most promising young Indian athlete today, while his former coach Garry Calvert termed him a “once-in-a-generation-talent”. And truth be told, it is hard to argue against either of those statements.