DAV College student and Rio aspirant Neeraj Chopra won a silver medal in the men’s javelin with a best throw of 77.60 metres on the concluding day of the 17th Asian Junior Championships at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, today.
Chopra finished behind Japan’s Sado Juniya (77.97m). The country finished at overall third position with a rich haul of 17 medals, including seven gold.Indians athletes bagged 7 gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze to finish behind Japan (14 gold) and China (11 gold).India had finished fifth in the previous edition held in Chinese Taipei in 2014 with 12 medals (2 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze). Indians seemed to save their best for the last day as they bagged 3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze.Lily Das and Jisna Matthew grabbed their second gold medals of the championships. The former clocked 2:06.64seconds to win the women’s 800m, to add to her gold in the 1500m event.Amoj Jacob, meanwhile, won the gold in the men’s 800m with a timing of 1:51.82seconds.The icing on the cake came from the women’s 4x400m relay quartet who struck the last gold for India with PT Usha’s protege Jisna Mathew anchoring the team to the top spot. The Indians were lagging behind with some distance to go in the race before Jisna ran an impressive last leg to win the gold.The women’s relay quartet of Jisna, Shaharbana Shidiqui Thadian Parambil, V Subha and George Linet clocked 3:43.57seconds to take the top honours.The Indian men’s 4x400m relay team, comprising Kiran Murugan, Pankaj Malik, Harsh Kumar and Amoj Jacob finished with a silver, clocking 3:12.12seconds, behind Thailand (3:11.59).In the men’s 10,000m race, Abhishek Pal bagged the silver with a timing of 31:24.06seconds while compatriot Kishen Narsi Tadvi took the bronze by clocking 32:07.12seconds. Sonu Kumar added a bronze medal in men’s triple jump with a performance of 15.99 metres.