Neeraj Chopra won gold in men’s javelin throw at the Savo Games in Lapinlahti, Finland on 29 July 2018. Neeraj, who created history by winning gold in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast earlier in the year, achieved a throw of 85.69 meters to finish on top of the standings and bag the top prize. Chao-Tsun Cheng of Chinese Taipei took silver with an attempt of 82.52m.
Cheng, who managed 82.52 metres to take the second place, became the only Asian to have thrown the javelin beyond 90m. He threw 91.36m during the World University Games in Taipei last year to shatter the previous Asian record of 89.15 metres set by Zhao Qinggang of China at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.
But this season, his best so far has been an 84.60m effort earlier this month in Sweden. Neeraj has a personal best and national record of 87.43m which he did during the first leg of the Diamond League Meeting in Doha in May. Neeraj is leading the Asian charts so far this season, ahead of Cheng and Ahmed Bader Magour of Qatar (season best 83.71m) and bagging gold just before the Asian Games in Jakarta will give the 20-year-old much-needed confidence going into the event.
Before this, Neeraj struck gold in the Meeting International de Sotteville-les-Rouen in France. He threw 85.17 metres to bag the top prize. While Neeraj Chopra threw a distance of 85.17 m, the second best was Adrian Mardare of Moldova who threw a distance of 81.48 meters. The bronze medal went to Edis Matusevicius of Lithuania whose best was 79.31 metre.