Junior World record holder and 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medalist for Javelin Throw, Neeraj Chopra, will lead the Indian contingent in opening ceremony at Jakarta for Asian Games 2018.
The 20-year old flag-bearer is one of India’s biggest medal hopes at the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia. The Javelin Star will be making his first appearance in an Asian Games tournament. Hailing from Panipat, Haryana, Chopra won a gold at the 2016 South Asian Games with a throw of 82.23 m that equalled the Indian national record.
He then won a gold at the Asian Athletic championships 2017 with a throw of 85.23 meters and then followed it up with a season-best effort of 86.47 meters in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He joined an elite list of Indian athletes to score a medal in their CWG debut, while also becoming the first to win a gold in Javelin Throw.
He broke the national record once again at the Doha Diamond League, with an impressive throw of 87.43 meters. The young boy is a magnificent talent and you can understand why he has been selected to lead the Indian contingent in Indonesia.
572 athletes in 36 different sports will represent Team India at the 2018 Asian Games, which is scheduled to be held in Jakarta-Palembang from 18th August to 2nd September 2018. We will be backing out Indian contingent to do well in this series and will bring to you all the latest updates from Indonesia.