Asian Games: Neeraj Chopra keeps his cool to win gold

Hangzhou: World and Olympic javelin throw champion Neeraj Chopra is a man of the big stage. He produces his best efforts when the world is looking for him.

At the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, Chopra came up with his biggest throw of the season, a monster 88.88 meters that ensured his numero uno status in the Continent.

Chopra won the javelin throw competition at Hangzhou with his season’s effort and the bonus for India was that Kishore Kumar Jena produced his personal best of 87.54 to claim the silver medal, making it a 1-2 for India on the podium. Japan’s Roderick Genki Dean took the bronze medal with an 82.68m. The rest of the field failed to cross the 80m mark.

Chopra, the defending champion who won the gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia with a throw of 88.06, said he was happy to end his season with a gold medal. 

The Indian men’s 4×400 metre relay team also made history at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, claiming the gold medal for the first time since the 1962 edition in Jakarta.

While the men made history, India failed to win the gold in the women’s 4x400m relay for the first time since the 2002 edition in Busan.

The Indian male quartet of Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Amoj Jacob, Muhammed Ajmal Variyathodi and Rajesh Ramesh claimed the gold medal here with a timing of 3 minutes 01.58 seconds to end the race in pole position.

Box: Asian Games Medals’ Tally

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 People’s Republic of China 171 94 51 316
2 Japan 37 51 59 147
3 Republic of Korea 33 45 70 148
4 India 18 31 32 81
5 Uzbekistan 16 16 22 54
Image courtesy of Jagran

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