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Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra bags gold at Sotteville Athletics meet

India’s star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra comfortably won the gold at the Sotteville Athletics meet in France, beating a competitive field which included 2012 London Olympics gold-medallist Keshorn Walcott.

other sports Updated: Jul 18, 2018 12:24 IST
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India’s javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra claimed gold at the Sotteville Athletics meet in France on Tuesday. (Twitter )

India’s star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won a gold medal in Sottevile Athletics meet on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old covered a distance of 85.17 meters to finish on top of the podium.

Earlier, the Commonwealth Games gold-medalist had given a dazzling performance and finished fourth in the first edition of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League 2018 in Doha breaking the national record with a throw of 87.43 meters.

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However, he failed to conjure up the magic in the subsequent edition, which was held in the USA and finished at the sixth spot in the tournament.

In the recently-concluded Rabat Diamond League, Chopra had finished fifth with an effort of 83.32 meters.

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The gold at Sottevile Athletics meet will surely give a boost to Chopra for the challenge in 2018 Asian Games as he is the top medal prospect from Indian athletics team.

Meanwhile, Adrian Mardare of Moldova won silver with a throw of 81.48 meters and Edis Matusevicius of Lithuania settled for bronze after an effort of 79.31meters in the tournament.

On a related note, Asian Games are slated to be held from August 18 to September 2 in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia.

First Published: Jul 18, 2018 12:19 IST