Neeraj Chopra bags gold in Javelin throw in Sotteville Athletics meet

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Neeraj Chopra bags gold in Javelin throw in Sotteville Athletics meet

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SportsCafe Desk

07/18/2018

Neeraj Chopra, who won the gold in the Commonwealth Games in Australia earlier this year, has continued his good run with his latest feat being another gold in Sotteville Athletics meet in France. He claimed the top spot in the podium with a throw of 85.17m, ahead of second-placed Andrian Mardare.

India's star javelin-thrower Neeraj Chopra added another title to his kitty as he claimed gold at the Sotteville Athletics meet in France on Tuesday. Chopra's throw of 85.17m was enough to clinch the top spot on the podium, leaving Moldova's Andrian Mardare behind on the second spot with a distance of 81.48m. Edis Matusevicius (79.31m) of Lithuania settled for bronze.

The 2012 Olympic champion from Trinidad & Tobago, Keshorn Walcott, failed to finish on the podium, ending a poor fifth. His best throw was 78.26m. The winning distance from Chopra was, however, lesser than what he had achieved to win a historic Commonwealth Games (CWG) gold in Australia earlier this year. He had improved on his season’s best with an effort of 86.47m in Gold Coast to become the country's first javelin-thrower to win a CWG gold.

He broke the national record with a throw of 87.43m at the Doha Diamond League but could finish only fourth. The 20-year-old first made heads roll when he set a junior world record in 2016. 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 same year. Chopra's next big test would be at the Asian Games next month in Indonesia.

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