Neeraj wins gold, Kishore clinches silver in Asiad javelin throw event

Hangzhou, Oct 4 (UNI) India’s Neeraj Chopra and Kishore Kumar Jena bagged gold and silver medals, respectively in the Asian Games 2023 men’s javelin throw competition at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Park Main Stadium here on Wednesday.

Though his first throw was not registered due to technical glitch, Neeraj gathered confidence to register a season’s best of 88.88m in his 4th attempt to successfully defend his Asian Games title.

This was Neeraj’s second gold medal haul after winning it at the 2018 Jakarta 2018.

The surprise package was Kishore Kumar Jena who bagged his first international medal at Hangzhou topping it with a personal best twice tonight.

Kishore, who briefly led Neeraj in the Hangzhou 2023 men’s javelin throw standings, registered 86.77m with his third throw to surpass his previous personal best of 84.77m, registered at the Budapest world championships earlier this year.

He went on to improve it to 87.54m with his fourth throw, which eventually won him the silver medal in Hangzhou.

Japan’s Roderick Genki Dean took the bronze with an 82.68m mark, which came in his fifth throw.

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