The 20-year-old World junior record holder thereafter touched a season's best of 86.47m and became India's fourth individual gold victor in Commonwealth Games history in track and field.
Gold medallist India's Neeraj Chopra celebrates after the athletics men's javelin throw final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 14, 2018.
The 20-year-old junior world champion had made the final after achieving the qualifying mark in his very first throw yesterday. He then extended his lead to 86.47 in his fourth throw, which in fact turned out to be his seasonal best. Neeraj was favourite for gold here after his 85.94m throw last month at Patiala during Federation Cup National Championships.
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And, when he got to train under Australian coach Gary Calvert, Chopra took no time to blossom. Kenya's former world champion Julius Yego failed to make the final.
"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. Naturally, the young man was ecstatic: "I would like to thank all those who helped me". After a strong start to the event, which saw Chopra rise to a Gold medal spot after a throw of 85.50 m, he faltered in his second attempt before he could hit a mark of 84.78 in his third attempt.
"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.
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The other Indian competing in the event, Vipin Kashana, finished fifth with a best of 77.87.
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The Indian touched 16.46m in the fourth round. 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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