• Thursday, August 11, 2022

ATHLETICS

Farmer’s son Chopra reaps historic javelin gold for India

By: Sarwar Alam

Neeraj Chopra became India’s first javelin champion at the Commonwealth Games and joined the country’s small band of athletics gold medallists with a mighty throw of 86.47m on Saturday (14). A farmer’s son from a village outside of Delhi, the 20-year-old said staying relaxed was the key after he won by nearly four metres from Australia’s Hamish Peacock on the Gold Coast. With his surprise win, Chopra becomes only the third Indian man to win athletics gold at the Commonwealths, after Milkha “Flying Sikh” Singh in 1958 and Vikas Gowda in 2014. “I don’t remember which throw it was. I…

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