Neeraj Chopra on Monday created history by winning a gold medal in the men’s javelin throw at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta. Chopra shattered his own national record by clearing a distance of 88.06 metres in the event.He became the first Indian ever to win a gold medal in the javelin throw at the continental games and the first India since Gurtej Singh, who won a bronze in 1982 in New Delhi Asian Games.”Feeling good. I worked really hard for this. I was trying for 90m. Extremely happy with my personal best effort,” Chopra said.Chopra thanked his fans and said he is aiming for another medal at the Diamond League final.”Diamond League final is the next big target. Thanks to all the fans for their support. It was their love and prayers that helped me win here [Asian Games]. Passion is very important,” he said.ASIAN GAMES 2018 – FULL COVERAGE | MEDALS TALLYHe also dedicated his victory to India’s Late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died earlier this month in New Delhi.”I dedicate my medal to Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji who was a great man,” Chopra said.#WATCH: Neeraj Chopra on winning gold medal in men’s javelin throw final at #AsianGames2018 says, “I dedicate my medal to Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji who was a great man.” pic.twitter.com/vSr010U6f0ANI (@ANI) August 27, 2018Overall, he became the third Indian to win a medal in javelin throw. Parsa Singh was the first Indian to achieve the feat when he won a silver medal at the 1951 New Delhi Asian Games.advertisementThe 20-year-old’s winning throw came in his third attempt. He began with 83.46m and fouled the second attempt.Liu Qizhen of China was a distance second with a best throw of 82.22m while Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem won the bronze with a 80.75 effort.The Commonwealth Games and reigning Asian champion completely dominated the competition as he bettered his own national record of 87.43 which he had come up with in Doha during the first leg of the Diamond League series in May. None of the competitors in the field had a 85-plus throw this season.When Neeraj Chopa is on the field, expect the very best from him: PM ModiChopra’s biggest rival was expected to be Chao Tsun Cheng, who last year recorded a throw of 91.36m but the Chinese Taipei thrower could manage a best of 79.81 to finish fifth.Chopra, the world junior record holder of 86.48, has been in tremendous form this season as has consistently crossed the 85m mark.ASIAN GAMES 2018 DAY 9 UPDATESHe won the Federation Cup in March with 85.94m, clinched a gold in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with a throw of 86.47m, before the 87.43 effort in Doha. Before coming here, he had 85.17 and 85.69 in France and Finland during his preparations for the Asian Games.(With inputs from PTI)
MLS MLS Review: Toronto secures playoff place, Orlando win Dejan Kalinic 13:14 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Images MLS Toronto New York City SJ Earthquakes New York RB Portland Timbers Colorado Rapids Montreal Impact Real Salt Lake Minnesota United FC Chicago Fire Chicago Fire v New York RB Toronto v SJ Earthquakes New York City v Portland Timbers DC United v Orlando City New England v Montreal Impact Minnesota United FC v Philadelphia Union Houston Dynamo v Colorado Rapids Vancouver Whitecaps v Real Salt Lake New England DC United Orlando City Philadelphia Union Houston Dynamo Vancouver Whitecaps A brace from Jozy Altidore helped TFC to a win over the San Jose Earthquakes, sealing a spot in the MLS playoffs Toronto continued its fine form to secure a place in the MLS playoffs, while Orlando City ended its winless run on Saturday.A brace from Jozy Altidore helped Eastern Conference leader Toronto to a 4-0 win at home to the San Jose Earthquakes.The win was Toronto’s fifth straight, and Greg Vanney’s men are now assured of a spot in the playoffs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Victor Vazquez opened the scoring for Toronto in the first half before his pass put Altidore through, the United States international making no mistake with his finish for his 50th MLS goal.When you’re shining too bright @JozyAltidore doubles the lead!#TFCLive | #TORvSJ pic.twitter.com/Phx3fxFDKc— Toronto FC (@torontofc) September 9, 2017Altidore headed in the home side’s third at BMO Field before Jonathan Osorio struck from 20 yards in the 66th minute.Making matters worse for the Earthquakes – who are seventh in the Western Conference – Darwin Ceren was sent off.Orlando City ended an eight-match winless league run with a 2-1 victory at DC United, despite being reduced to nine men.First-half goals from Cyle Larin and Giles Barnes had Orlando in control before substitute Servando Carrasco was sent off with 11 minutes remaining.Kofi Opare managed to pull a goal back for D.C. United, but the side was beaten despite Orlando going down to nine men when Seb Hines saw red late on.There it is! The boys take three points thanks to a gritty defensive performance and two goals! #DCvORL pic.twitter.com/ORl1dYkwp9— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) September 10, 2017The Portland Timbers climbed to the top of the Western Conference after a Diego Valeri goal saw the club past New York City 1-0.Elsewhere, Nemanja Nikolic cancelled out Bradley Wright-Phillips’ goal as the Chicago Fire and the New York Red Bulls drew 1-1.The New England Revolution edged the Montreal Impact 1-0, while Minnesota United and the Philadelphia Union played out a 1-1 draw.The Vancouver Whitecaps recorded an entertaining 3-2 win over Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids got past the Houston Dynamo 1-0.