Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian javelin thrower to win an Asian Games gold medal as he shattered his own national record by clearing a distance of 88.06m, in Jakarta, on Monday.
Chopra’s gold is India’s only second medal in javelin throw in Asian Games history after Gurtej Singh won a bronze in 1982 in New Delhi.
Neeraj the 20-year-old’s wining threw came in his third attempt. He began with 83.46m and fouled the second attempt.
Liu Qizhen of China was a distance second with a best throw of 82.22m while Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem won the bronze with a 80.75 effort.
Dharun Ayyasamy clinched a silver in men’s 400m hurdles in national record time as athletics continued to swell India’s medal tally in the Asian Games, in Jakarta, on Monday.Ayyasamy clocked 48.96 seconds to shatter his own national record and finish behind Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba who won the gold with a Games record time of 47.