He went up against the very best in the game in Gold Coast in a bid to win India's first medal in the event. He had become the first Indian athlete to become a world champion in a field event when he clinched gold at the IAAF World U-20 Championships in Bydogszcz, Poland in 2016 after a record throw of 84.69m.
"I've tried to enjoy myself here and not focus on any negatives, like "I don't like this and I don't like that". Vipin Kassana could only manage a fifth-placed finish with a best throw of 77.87 metres. In August previous year, he won a gold medal at the Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneshwar with a mark of 85.23m - the best-ever throw recorded in Indian soil.More news: Former Mountaineer Daryl Worley arrested
The field had been depleted after Olympics and world silver medallist Julius Yego of Kenya failed to qualify for final round, while 2012 Olympic champion and Rio Games bronze victor Keshorn Walcott opted out of the CWG. This is the third gold medal for India in athletics at Commonwealth Games 2018 after Seema Puni and Navjeet Dhillon bagged silver and bronze medal respectively in men's discus throw event.
And, when he got to train under Australian coach Gary Calvert, Chopra took no time to blossom.More news: Sack Jitendra for obstructing investigation into Kathua case
"One shouldn't be too serious in life, it's good to be disciplined but you should not overdo food restrictions", he added, waxing lyrical on a host of subjects. Naturally, the young man was ecstatic: "I would like to thank all those who helped me".
Arpinder Singh's dreams of a second bronze was dashed by Marcel Mayak of Cameroon, who came up with a personal best of 16.80m in the triple jump.More news: Gianluigi Buffon won't back down over Michael Oliver comments
Though he was well outside the medal bracket, Jinson Johnson should be a happy man, that his fifth place in the men's 1500m helped him obliterate the long-standing National record in the name of Bahadur Prasad since the 1995 SAF Games in Chennai. What did was that he joined the elite group of Milkha Singh (1958), Krishna Poonia (2010) and Vikas Gowda (2014) as the fourth Indian to win an individual gold medal in athletics in CWG history.