CWG 2018 Day 10: Neeraj Chopra wins javelin gold

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That being said, his season-best attempt (86.47m) is just 0.01m more than his personal best of 86.48m.

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. But in his eagerness to achieve his personal best, the youngster from Haryana made a mistake.

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. In my desperation for that, I tried so hard that I tumbled over in my last two attempts.

In August 2017, Neeraj topped the tally and won a gold medal at the Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneshwar with a mark of 85.23m, which also is the best-ever throw recorded in India then.

"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.

Neeraj, a gold-medallist at the Asian Championships past year, simply destroyed the competition with his very first attempt on Sunday that was 85.50m.

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"One shouldn't be too serious in life, it's good to be disciplined but you should not overdo food restrictions", he added, waxing lyrical on a host of subjects. Vipin Kashana - the other Indian in the foray - finished a lowly fifth with 77.87m being his best par. In the process, he bettered the earlier 23-year-old national record of 3:38.00 set by Bahadur Prasd in 1995.

The bronze medallist from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Arpinder Singh, could not repeat his feat this time around as his best jump of 16.46 metres saw him finish fourth.

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

The Indian touched 16.46m in the fourth round.

Neeraj also is the first Indian athlete to become a world champion in a track & field event, an accomplishment he achieved after claiming a Gold at the IAAF World U-20 Championships in Bydogszcz, Poland.

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