Neeraj Chopra (C Gold), Hamish Peacock (L Silver), Anderson Peters (Bronze) pose with their medals after men’s javelin throw final in  2018  Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast on 14 April 2018. Photo: AFP
Neeraj Chopra (C Gold), Hamish Peacock (L Silver), Anderson Peters (Bronze) pose with their medals after men’s javelin throw final in 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast on 14 April 2018. Photo: AFP

2018 Commonwealth Games: Neeraj Chopra wins gold in javelin throw

Neeraj Chopra today became the first Indian javelin thrower to claim a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games , with a season's best effort of 86.47m in the final in Gold Coast

Gold Coast: Neeraj Chopra on Saturday became the first Indian javelin thrower to claim a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, with a season’s best effort of 86.47m in the final in Gold Coast.

The 20-year-old junior world champion had made the final after achieving the qualifying mark in his very first throw yesterday.

Neeraj was favourite for gold here after his 85.94m throw last month at Patiala during Federation Cup National Championships.

Neeraj Chopra competes in the men’s javelin qualifying at Carrara Stadium during the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, on 13 April 2018. Photo: AP
Neeraj Chopra competes in the men’s javelin qualifying at Carrara Stadium during the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, on 13 April 2018. Photo: AP

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 winner Keshorn Walcott opted out of the CWG.

This is the biggest moment of his nascent career since the junior world gold, for which he set a record.

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