Neeraj Chopra was competing against himself in the javelin throw competition at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Saturday. "I tried to get my personal best but I got my season best", he said, after falling just 1cm short of his best throw yet.
Endurance running powerhouse Kenya took the gold and silver medals.
At 18, the javelin thrower won gold at the World Junior Championships in 2016 with a throw of 86.48m.
"I've tried to enjoy myself here and not focus on any negatives, like "I don't like this and I don't like that".
Overall, Neeraj's medal is only the fifth track and field gold for India in the quadrennial event - the other four being sprinter Milkha Singh (1958), discus thrower Krishna Poonia (2010), the women's 4x400m relay quartet of Manjeet Kaur, Sini Jose, Ashwini Akkunji and Mandeep Kaur (2010) and shot-putter Vikas Gowda (2014).
Chopra's form ahead of the Commonwealth Games was nicely building up, with throws of 82.88m and 85.94m at the Patiala GP and the Patiala Federation Cup last month.
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The field had been depleted after Olympics and world silver medallist Julius Yego of Kenya failed to qualify for final round, while 2012 Olympic champion and Rio Games bronze victor Keshorn Walcott opted out of the CWG. It was a good comeback by Chopra after he failed to make the final round of the World Championships in London last August. "As for me, I was not under any pressure or nerves, I was well prepared", he said.
Chopra, 20, led from the front after a throw of 85.50m with his first attempt.
Neeraj made a very calculative move in the game, although he rose gradually, giving the best shot in fourth go.
His compatriot Vipin Kashana finished fifth with a best effort of 77.87m. He consistently crossed the 82m mark in the final, fouling two attempts in all.
Jinson Johnson set a new national record in the men's 1500 metre final, finishing fifth in a time of 3:37.86. The Punjab athlete registered a best attempt of 16.46m to finish fourth.