Neeraj Chopra Sets A New National Record With His Golden Throw At The Asian Games 2018

It’s raining gold for India at Asian Games 2018! India’s star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra made the country by clinching India’s 8th gold medal at the prestigious event.

Of the 6 attempts he got, Neeraj Chopra had threw 83.46 metres off his first throw while his 2nd and 6th attempts were fouls. Moreover, his 3rd attempt was was 88.06 metres, his 4th was was 83.25 metres and his 5th one was 86.36 metres.

Well, the 20-year-old youngster had broken his own national record with a jumbo throw of 88.06 metres in Jakarta on Monday.

It’s surprising to know that Neeraj Chopra’s gold is India’s only 2nd medal in javelin throw in Asian Games history after Gurtej Singh won abronze in 1982 in New Delhi.

China’s  had won silver with a best throw of 82.22m while Arshad Nadeem of Pakistan won the bronze with 80.75.

Well, the Commonwealth Games and reigning Asian champion has dominated the competition as he bettered his own record of of 87.43 which he had come up with in Doha during Diamond League series in May.

Intrestingly, none of the competitors in the field could produce an 85-plus throw this season. Further, Chopra’s biggest rival Chao Tsun Cheng, who had  recorded a throw of 91.36m, could manage a best of 79.81 to finish 5th.

Neeraj Chopra who is the world junior record holder of 86.48, is in tremendous form this season and has consistently crossed the 85m mark.

After winning Federation Cup in March with 85.94m, he even grabbed a gold in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with a throw of 86.47m before the 87.43 effort in Doha. Indeed, this is a remarkable achievement by the Haryana boy.

Before coming here, he had 85.69 and 85.17 in Finland and France while preparing for the Asian Games.

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