In a remarkable display of prowess, India’s Neeraj Chopra successfully defended his javelin throw title at the ongoing Asian Games in Hangzhou, securing a gold medal on Wednesday (October 4). Neeraj, who had previously won gold at the Jakarta Games, was the clear favorite to claim the title, with a formidable throw of 88.88 meters in his fourth attempt.
India had further cause for celebration as Jena Kishore Kumar clinched the silver medal with a throw of 87.54 meters, while the bronze went to Japan’s Genki Dean. However, the final was marred by chaotic circumstances.
This victory marked India’s 17th gold medal at the Asian Games, surpassing their previous best tally of 16 in Jakarta.
Neeraj Chopra, entering the Asian Games as the frontrunner, met the high expectations with a stellar performance. He opened with a throw of 82.38 meters in his first attempt, followed by a 84.49-meter throw in his second. Nevertheless, it was his fourth attempt, reaching 88.88 meters, that secured the gold medal. Despite a foul throw in the third attempt, Neeraj maintained his exceptional form, concluding with a throw of 80.80 meters in his fifth attempt to clinch gold.
Meanwhile, Neeraj’s compatriot, Kishore Jena, achieved a personal best of 87.54 meters, earning the silver medal. His throws ranged from 81.26 meters in the first to 79.76, 86.77, and 87.54 meters in subsequent attempts.
Neeraj Chopra now boasts double gold at the Asian Games, adding to his victories at the Tokyo Olympics, World Athletics Championship, and Commonwealth Games. As the Paris Olympics approach, his next realistic target is surpassing the elusive 90-meter mark, a feat he has not yet achieved despite his best of 89.94 meters. His focus will be on defending his Olympic gold.
India’s Record-Breaking Achievement
India continued to make history at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, by surpassing their previous record of 70 medals in a single edition. As they march towards their pre-event benchmark of 100 medals, India currently stands as a strong contender for a top-four finish at the Asian Games.