Neeraj Chopra continued his impressive run in 2018 as he bagged gold in men’s javelin throw at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang on 27 August 2018. Chopra managed a personal best throw of 88.06 to win the top prize in javelin throw while China’s Liu Qizhen and Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem came second and third with throws of 82.22 and 80.75 respectively.
This was also India’s first-ever gold medal in javelin throw at the Asian Games and the first medal in the sport since 1982, where India bagged bronze. Overall, he became the third Indian to win a medal in javelin throw. Parsa Singh was the first Indian to achieve the feat when he won a silver medal at the 1951 New Delhi Asian Games.
This is India’s 41st medal at the Asian Games this year and India now have 8 gold, 13 silver and 20 bronze. Chopra has been in fine form coming into the 18th edition of the Asiads and was named the flag bearer of the nation as well. In 2018, Neeraj has won three gold medals for India, including one at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Sotteville Athletics Meet and the Savo Games are the other two competitions, where he bagged the top prize.
Neeraj, 20, has been in fine form this year and has consistently thrown the javelin beyond the 85m mark. His throw in Doha was also a new national record. In fact, the five best throws by an Asian athlete this year are all in his name. His gold medal at Gold Coast in Australia made Neeraj the first Indian javelin thrower to win that competition. While Neeraj won gold, his compatriot Shivpal Singh finished 8th.