Asian Games 2018: Tajinder Pal Singh secures gold in men's shot put with record toss and Neeraj Chopra turns out to be first Indian to win spear toss gold

Vibhoo Sachan, 28/08/2018
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Asian Games 2018: Tajinder Pal Singh secures gold in men's shot put with record toss and Neeraj Chopra turns out to be first Indian to win spear toss gold
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Chopra’s gold is only the second medal India has won in javelin throw in Asian Games history after Gurtej Singh won bronze in 1982 in New Delhi.

The 20-year-old’s winning throw came in his third attempt. He began with 83.46m and fouled the second attempt.
Liu Qizhen of China was a distant second, with a best throw of 82.22m, while Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem won the bronze with a 80.75 effort.

The Commonwealth Games and reigning Asian champion completely dominated the competition as he bettered his own national record of 87.43, which he had come up with in Doha during the first leg of the Diamond League series in May. None of the competitors in the field had a 85-plus throw this season.
Chopra’s biggest rival was expected to be Chao Tsun Cheng, who last year recorded a throw of 91.36m, but the Chinese Taipei thrower could manage a best of 79.81 to finish fifth.

Chopra, the world junior record holder of 86.48, has been in tremendous form this season as has consistently crossed the 85m mark.

He won the Federation Cup in March with 85.94m, clinched a gold in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with a throw of 86.47m, before the 87.43 effort in Doha. Before coming here, he had 85.17 and 85.69 in France and Finland during his preparations for the Asian Games.
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And happily, everything appeared to be falling in place for India. Tajinder began as the favourite and his opening effort of 19.96m was enough to give him the gold. But he did better in two more rounds, with his fifth throw of 20.75m breaking the Games record of Saudi Arabia’s Sultan Abdulmajeed (20.57m) set in 2010. That also saw him break Om Prakash Singh’s national mark (20.69m, 2012).him the gold. Be that as it may, he improved the situation in two more adjusts, with his fifth toss of 20.75m breaking the Games record of Saudi Arabia's Sultan Abdulmajeed (20.57m) set in 2010. That likewise observed him break Om Prakash Singh's national stamp (20.69m, 2012).Strangely, Iranian Shahin Mehrdelan, who was expected to challenge Tajinder, could not register a single legal throw and ended with a ‘no mark’ against his name.

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