Published On : Sat, Apr 14th, 2018

Neeraj Chopra wins India’s first track and field gold at CWG

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 14: Gold medalist Neeraj Chopra of India celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Men’s Javelinduring athletics on day 10 of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium on April 14, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Neeraj Chopra, on Saturday, became the first Indian javelin thrower to claim a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, with a season’s best effort of 86.47m in the final, in Gold Coast.

The 20-year-old junior world champion had made the final after achieving the qualifying mark in his very first throw on Friday.

Neeraj was favourite for gold here after his 85.94m throw last month at Patiala during Federation Cup National Championships.

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 winner Keshorn Walcott opted out of the CWG.

This is the biggest moment of his nascent career since the junior world gold, for which he set a record.