It was a stunning Day 9 of athletics, as India won four medals in total including one gold and three silvers to end the day on a high note.
India’s Neeraj Chopra has scripted history by becoming the first Indian to win gold medal in Javelin Throw event in Asian Games.
Commonwealth gold medalist, Neeraj improved his national mark with a throw of 88.06 metres in his third attempt to become the new Asian Games champion. He bettered his mark of 87.43 metres, he threw in the season opening leg of the IAAF Diamond League to finish at fourth place.
Chinese Taipei’s Cheng Chou Sun, who had the best personal throw of 91.36 meters, the feat that he achieved last year failed to cross even 80 metres mark in this Asiad.
Silver medal went to China’s Qizhen Liu with a throw of 82.22m, while Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem won the bronze medal with the throw of 80.75m.
India’s another athlete in the fray, Shivpal Singh finished on 8th place with the throw of 74.11 metres in his first attempt and he didn’t showed up for his next attempts.
The last time, India won a medal in javelin throw in Asiad was in 1982, when the games were hosted in New Delhi. Gurtej Singh had won the bronze medal that year.
In the other events, Dharun Ayyasamy won the silver medal with a new national record in men’s 400m hurdles event by clocking 49.12 seconds. Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba won the gold medal with a new games record of 47.66 seconds while bronze went to Japan’s Abe Takatoshi.
In women’s 3000m steeplechase, Sudha Singh won another silver medal, while gold medal went to Bahrain’s junior world silver medalist, Yavi Winfred.
Neena Varakil added 3rd silver medal of the day for India after crossing a 6.51 metres mark in the women’s long jump event.
Another India in the field, Nayana James finished on 10th place with a disappointing mark of 6.15 metres.
Meanwhile, Jinson Johnson of India qualify for the men’s 800m finals event with the best timing of 1:47:39s, followed by Qatar, who clocked 1:47:45s. The final is scheduled to held tomorrow.