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CWG 2018: Neeraj Chopra clinches gold

16 April 2018

India bags 21gold medal at Commonwealth Games 2018 as Neeraj Chopra becomes the first javelin thrower with the best effort of 86.47m in the final 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.

Neeraj on the other hand, made the qualifying mark in his first throw and similarly in the final, he nailed it with 85.50m on his first attempt as none of those in the fray came anywhere close to his mark.

"I've tried to enjoy myself here and not focus on any negatives, like "I don't like this and I don't like that".

Worth mentioning here this is the fourth gold of the day 10 of CWG 2018 for India. And soon a rush of medal was witnessed in the men's circuit with Gaurav Solanki bagging the gold medal in 52 kg men's bout via split decision of 4-1 against Northern Ireland's Brendan Irvine.

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

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Neeraj, a gold-medallist at the Asian Championships previous year, simply destroyed the competition with his very first attempt on Sunday that was 85.50m. Vipin Kassana could only manage a fifth-placed finish with a best throw of 77.87 metres.

Chopra, who also became the first Indian athlete to set a world record at any level, bettered his previous personal best of 82.23 set at the South Asian Games earlier this year, which incidentally was the old national record.

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.

In the men's 4x400m relay, the Indian team had to pull out midway through the race after Amoj Jacob pulled a hamstring. After clinching gold at the IAAF World U-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, He had become the first Indian athlete to become a world-champion in a field event, with a record throw of 84.69m.

CWG 2018: Neeraj Chopra clinches gold