Indian star Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian javelin thrower to win an Asian Games gold medal, after he shattered his own national record. Chopra has won India's eight gold medal at the ongoing 18th edition of Asian Games in Indonesia.
Chopra exuded confidence with an 83.46 metre throw in his first attempt. However, his second throw was declined by officials, and was considered a foul. But that did not deter the star's confidence. The 20-year-old then delivered a winning throw with monstrous 88.06 metres to clinch the gold medal.
The Commonwealth star dominated the finals and broke his own national record of 87.43 metres, which he had thrown at the Diamond League Meeting in Doha in May 2018. Liu Qizhen of China was the second best with a distant best of 82.22 metres. Pakistan's Arshad Nadeem won the bronze medal with a distance of 80.75 metres.
Chao Tsun Cheng, who was expected to be Chopra's biggest rival, could only manage a best of 79.81 metres to finish in fifth position. Neeraj Chopra has proved once again why he's a force to be reckoned with. India last finished on the podium in javelin throw in the 1982 edition of Asian Games in New Delhi
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