Farmer’s son Chopra reaps javelin gold
Neeraj Chopra skewered India’s first-ever Asian Games javelin gold medal on Monday after recently learning of the death of his former coach. A farmer’s son from a village outside of Delhi, the 20-year-old favourite was never seriously threatened in Jakarta as he won with an Indian record of 88.05 metres to follow up the Commonwealth title he won in Australia earlier this year. ‘That wasn’t easy,’ Chopra told reporters. ‘I wanted to break the Asian Games record but it’s still a national one. ‘I can still throw further,’ added the Olympic hopeful, who used to dabble in cricket as a child. ‘But everything has to come together perfectly for a successful throw. That only happens when the technique and speed are perfect -- like on my third attempt.’ Chopra revealed his heartache at hearing last week that his former Australian coach Gary Calvert, who led him to a junior world title in 2016, had died. ‘He had told me we would meet here at the Asian Games,’ said Chopra, who now trains under former world record holder Uwe Hohn. ‘I was in Finland when I heard he had died. It was a real shock to me.’
Malaysian athlete alleges bias after heated battle
A Malaysian athlete accused judges of bias and stormed out of a tumultuous match of the Indonesian martial art pencak silat at the Asian Games in Jakarta on Monday. Mohd Al-Jufferi Jamari, the 2016 world champion, withdrew in protest seconds before the end of the final and punched a hole in the wall of the warm-up area, as Indonesia’s Komang Harik Adi Putra bagged gold in the heated contest. ‘I’m not mad at my opponent nor the supporters, but I’m mad because the jury didn’t give the point fairly,’ 26-year-old Al-Jufferi said, according to the Games’ official website. Al-Jufferi dominated the early part of the men’s 65-70kg final but 23-year-old Komang came back strongly. Komang eventually clinched the match 4-1 and Al-Jufferi’s coach was left trying to calm down the Malaysian, who pulled out two seconds before the finish. Harry Warganegara, of Inasgoc, the Games organising committee, told AFP Al-Jufferi was unlikely to be sanctioned. ‘We think it was very unfortunate though we try to understand (what the athlete was going through),’ he said. ‘But I don’t think there will be any sanctions.’
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