Gold for Neeraj Chopra, silver for Kishore Jena in javelin throw


Indian javelin throwers Neeraj Chopra and Kishore Jena delivered a remarkable performance at the Asian Games, securing gold and silver medals and continuing India’s impressive run in athletics. Neeraj Chopra, the Olympic gold medalist, faced some challenges but eventually defended his title with a stellar throw of 88.88 meters in his fourth attempt. Meanwhile, Kishore Jena achieved his personal best of 87.54 meters in his fourth attempt, securing the second spot.
This thrilling competition captivated viewers across India as the two athletes battled for supremacy. Neeraj Chopra, who is widely celebrated as the “Golden Boy” of Indian athletics, was initially hindered by a malfunction in the electronic distance measurement system, which didn’t record his first throw, estimated to be around 89 meters. His second official throw fell short at 82.38 meters.
However, Neeraj wasn’t deterred. He bounced back spectacularly, surpassing his own Games record with his second attempt. Unfortunately, his third attempt was declared a foul. Meanwhile, Kishore Jena, too, put up a tough fight, briefly overtaking Neeraj with a sensational throw of 86.77 meters in his third attempt. This throw not only secured his personal best but also met the qualifying standard for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
In the fourth round, Neeraj Chopra made an incredible comeback, recording a season’s best throw of 88.88 meters, which ultimately earned him the gold. The “Golden Boy” celebrated this victory with his signature roar and rhythmic style. Kishore Jena maintained his impressive form, achieving another personal best with a throw of 87.54 meters in the same round, securing the silver medal.
Throughout the competition, Neeraj and Kishore displayed their skill, determination, and resilience, captivating fans with their incredible performances. After five rounds of throws, Neeraj was in the gold medal position, while Kishore held onto the silver. Despite their best efforts in the sixth and final attempt, neither athlete could surpass their previous throws, solidifying their positions as gold and silver medalists. Neeraj Chopra’s journey over the past five years has been nothing short of spectacular, culminating in victories at the Jakarta Asian Games, the Olympics, and the World Championships.
The much-anticipated showdown between Neeraj Chopra and Pakistani javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem didn’t materialize in Hangzhou, as it was revealed that Nadeem had withdrawn from the competition due to a chronic knee issue.