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Neeraj Chopra’s gold the most sparkling
03 September 2018

Remarkable journey

The Haryana youngster’s remarkable journey began with the under-20 World title and now he is the champion at the Asians, the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and getting closer to the world’s best in the Diamond League too.

He demolished the field here with a 88.06m throw, the first Indian to cross the 88m milestone and is now excitingly close to 90m.

Arpinder Singh’s gold was also a bit of a surprise but Romanian Bedros Bedrosian, the National coach for jumps, had predicted that the Chinese top stars would not go big in Jakarta. That was exactly the case.

Shot putter Tajinder Pal Singh, heptathlete Swapna Barman, who overcame heavy toothache, and the women’s 4x400m relay team won the other golds but the Africans in West Asian teams, like Qatar and Bahrain, denied India at least half dozen more golds.

Quartermilers Muhammed Anas and Hima Das — who became the first Indian woman to go below 51s — 400m hurdler A. Dharun and sprinter Dutee Chand would have all had golds had the Games been open only to native Asians.

New rules

The IAAF has now brought in new rules, including a three-year waiting period for athletes to obtain transfers but Adille Sumariwalla, the Athletics Federation of India president, feels India should not be bothered by these things.

“We are a superpower now, we should be looking at Olympics and the Worlds, we should not be worried about these things,” Sumariwalla told The Hindu.

“The AFI’s aim, in the last four years, has been to start looking at the Olympics and not worry about the Asian and Commonwealth. Our vision has changed to the Olympic Games.”



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