Our country's star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won the gold at the Sotteville Athletics meet in France, beating a competitive field which included 2012 London Olympics gold-medallist Keshorn Walcott.
Neeraj’s terrific throw of 85.17m put him in front of the field, including Moldova's Andrian Mardare (81.48m) and Lithuania's Edis Matusevicius (79.31m), who completed second and third respectively.
Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago came up with a throw of 78.26m, which was only enough for fifth place.
A 20-year-old resident hailing from Panipat grabbed all the attention when he won the gold in the 2016 World Junior Championship with a record throw of 86.48m. He won gold at the World Under-20 Athletics Championship with a throw of 86.48m. He, however, failed to qualify for the finals at the Rio Olympics in the same year.
He also bagged the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast earlier this year (2018). Before breaking the national record with an 87.43m effort at the Doha Diamond League, where he finished fourth.
Here are all the six attempts from Neeraj:
AFI President Adille Sumariwala tweeted praising the young sensation and the winner, “Well done Neeraj…keep going…Congratulations to Neeraj and coach Uwe Hohn (former World Record Holder in javelin throw). Thank you SAI and Govt of India for agreeing to send Neeraj to Finland along with coach for training on recommendation of Athletics Federation of India (AFI).”
Miska tweeted, “Neeraj Chopra takes the win with this 85.17m at Meeting International Sotteville Les Rouen. #trackandfield #athletics #Keihäänheitto @JustSportsTweet @ThrowsChat @TnFjunkie.”
Another Twitter user Rishi Bagree tweeted, “Neeraj Chopra added another gold medal to his kitty as he threw his javelin at 85.17m in the process of beating 2012 Olympic champion Keshorn Walcottto at Sotteville Athletics Meet, France.”
Neeraj’s next big test will be at the Asian Games next month and there are lots of expectations from him as he will be gunning for a gold medal there as well.
Many congratulations to Neeraj Chopra!