Gold Coast, April 14: India continued to ramp up gold on the penultimate day of the Commonwealth Games and athletics joined the party through javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra on Saturday (April 14).
Proud To Win A CWG Gold, Neeraj Looks Forward To The Diamond League
The 20-year-old Neeraj Chopra hurled the javelin to a distance of 86.47M to ensure gold for his country and the throw placed him a stunning 3.88 metre ahead of his nearest rival - Hamish Peacock of Australia who managed 82.59M.
His second attempt was a foul but that hardly mattered on a day when his shortest distance was a mindboggling 83.48 his fifth attempt and even that was much ahead of the silver medallist.
It is only the fourth individual gold for an Indian in track and field sport at CWG. Milkha SIngh (men's 440 yards), Krishna Poonia (women's discus, 2010) and Vikas Gowda (men's discus, 2014) preceded Neeraj Chopra.
Neeraj Chopra is the son of a farmer from Panipat, Haryana and never really had a coach in the formative years. Amazingly, YouTube was his coach as a young Neeraj watched the videos of world-class javelin athletes from across the globe.
Medals have come regularly at the senior level too for Neeraj Chopra. In August 2017, Neeraj won a gold at the Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneshwar with a mark of 85.23m -- the best-ever throw recorded in Indian soil at that time.
At the Federation Cup in March 2018, he did even better. Although he had already qualified for the Commonwealth Games, he challenged himself and set a new record in Indian soil of 85.94M, in what was his final attempt of the competition.