Neraj Chopra won the eight gold medal for India at the ongoing 18th edition of the Asian Games in Indonesia. Chopra looked confident from the start with a throw of 83.46m. But it was in his third attempt that Chopra stole the show with a monstrous 88.06m to win the yellow metal.
Incidentally, his second throw was declined by the officials but that did not deter the 20-year-old from throwing 83.25m and 86.26m in his fourth and fifth attempt respectively. This is India’s second gold medal in athletics.
Missing the Asian Games record by a mere 1.09m, Neeraj Chopra set a national record as he surpassed his previous best record of 87.43m, which he threw at the Diamond League Meeting in Doha earlier in May.
Chinese Taipei’s Cheng Chao Tsun, who was expected to give a stiff competition to Chopra was simply outclassed as he was unable to cross the 80m mark. Neeraj Chopra’s registered throws were also better than the second-placed Liu Qizhen.
Meanwhile, in athletics, the trio of Hima Das, Dutee Chand and Muhammed Anas clinched a silver medal each in women’s 400m,, women’s 100m and men’s 400m races respectively. The other two silver medals went to Fouaad Mirza finished second in the individual equestrian jumping event and Indian Equestrian Team.
On the other hand, the first-timers at the Asian Games, bridge players, won two bronze medals for India. The mixed team of Kiran Nadar, Hema Deora, Himani Khandelwal, Bachiraji Satyanarayana, Gopinath Manna and Rajeev Khandelwal and the Men’s team of J Shivdasani, R Tewari, A Khare, R Tolani, D Majumdar & S Mukherjee.