Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

CWG 2018 | Throw of gold: Farmer's son triumphs

CWG 2018 | Throw of gold: Farmer's son triumphs

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.

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 victor Keshorn Walcott opted out of the CWG.

"I've been totally relaxed here, I've enjoyed myself", said Chopra, flashing the smile that had a sun-soaked Gold Coast crowd eating out of his hand.

As competition continued, India had 21 gold medals to lie third on the overall table, behind hosts Australia and England. "I don't think I expected it to go over 86 meters but since the last couple of months, I have worked hard on my fitness, my technique and it all paid off today".

In his first attempt, Chopra set a benchmark for the rest to follow, as he threw the javelin to a distance of 85.50 metres, pulling clear of the field at the very onset.

"It makes a a lot of difference when you manage to get a first throw like that. As for me, I was not under any pressure or nerves, I was well-prepared", he said.

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In the men's 4x400m relay, the Indian team had to pull out midway through the race after Amoj Jacob pulled a hamstring.

His compatriot Vipin Kashana finished fifth with a best effort of 77.87m.

The promising Arpinder Singh also missed a podium spot in the men's triple jump.

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.

The Indian touched 16.46m in the fourth round. Cameroon's Marcel Mayack II produced a personal best of 16.80m to put the Indian out of medal contention. What did was that he joined the elite group of Milkha Singh (1958), Krishna Poonia (2010) and Vikas Gowda (2014) as the fourth Indian to win an individual gold medal in athletics in CWG history.

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