Neeraj Chopra was ecstatic as he secured India’s first-ever Asian Games javelin gold medal.
The 20-year-old was favourite to win gold and was never seriously challenged in Jakarta as he won with an Indian record of 88.05 metres. He had earlier won the Commonwealth title earlier this year.
“There are a lot of people watching you. I gave a hundred per cent and created a national record. So very happy about it,” Chopra said.
His gold was India’s eighth gold medal of the 2018 Asian Games.
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US Open Tennis continues from 9pm, with Novak Djokovic taking to the court against Marton Fucsovics and then Roger Federer will be in action in the early hours of Wednesday morning, facing Yoshihito Nishioka in New York.
After one of the most thrilling AFL regular seasons in history the line-up for the playoffs has finally been revealed.
It was so tight at the top that it took until the penultimate game in the last round, Melbourne Demons thrashing Greater Western Sydney (GWS), until the order of the eight was revealed.
Last year’s premiers, and the favourite for this year’s premiership flag, the Richmond Tigers, clinched the McClelland Trophy – awarded to the team that finishes top of the table in the regular season – and will face fourth-placed Hawthorn on Thursday night at the MCG in the first Qualifying Final.
The Hawks secured fourth place only on Saturday night when they beat Sydney, sending the Swans down to sixth spot, and they will now take on GWS in Sydney Derby No16 at the SCG, which doubles as the second Elimination Final on Saturday afternoon.
In the other matches in week one of the finals, second placed West Coast Eagles will host Collingwood (third) at Optus Stadium in Perth on Saturday in the second Qualifying Final, while on Friday night Melbourne (fifth) host the Geelong Cats (eighth) at the MCG in the first Elimination Final.
Hawthorn, Geelong and the Swans are all regulars in the top eight over the last decade but the playoffs also feature a few teams appearing in September for the first time in a number of years – glamour club Collingwood back after a four-year hiatus and traditional power Melbourne back in for the first time in 12 seasons.
A quick mention should also be made of the four teams who finished 9th to 12th and missed out on the playoffs by a single victory – North Melbourne, Port Adelaide, Essendon and last year’s losing grand finalists, the Adelaide Crows.
For the AFL it’s a dream playoff scenario with six of the top eight best supported clubs featuring in the finals series and on the first weekend there are games in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.
In a perfect world the AFL would have probably liked a match in Adelaide, rather than the two in Melbourne, but the nigh-on 100,000 crowd expected at the MCG when the Tigers take on the Hawks will provide consolation.
Unlike Australia’s other footy codes – rugby union, rugby league and football – Australian Rules is in rude health, displayed by the fact that this year they broke the one million mark in club memberships.
As AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan pointed out: “One in every 24 Australians is now a member of an AFL club, a sign that the national reach of Australian football has never been greater.”
Reigning premiers Richmond top the membership list with their numbers growing by a whopping 38.6 pe rcent, going from 72,669 in 2017 to over 100,726 this year.
And before you accuse Tigers fans of being “Johnny-come-latelies”, this was a club that had not won the flag for 37 long years prior to last season and almost folded in 1990 when they were forced to launch the “Save our Skins” campaign to raise AUD$1million in six weeks to stave off extinction.
Richmond also boast one of the most recognisable faces in Australian sport currently, Dustin ‘Dusty’ Martin, the first player to win a Premiership medal, the Brownlow Medal and the Norm Smith Medal in the same season as he led the Tigers to the premiership in 2017.
The forward recently joined the likes of Usain Bolt, Lewis Hamilton, Antoine Griezmann, Selena Gomez and Rihanna to become the latest star — and first Australian — to agree to a multi-year contract with European sporting brand, Puma.
So popular is the 27-year-old that during the pre-season he sold out two evenings at the 800-seat The Palms at Crown for fans to come along and hear him talk about “family, friends and footy” as well as a few stories of “quiet trips to Vegas” with Collingwood legend Dane Swan.
Las Vegas is the end-of-season destination for many AFL stars, who love the relative anonymity away from the goldfish bowl existence of Melbourne.
Last chance to hear from me talking all things family friends footy and life before the season gets underway !! Also some stories from me and @swandane quiet trips to Vegas 😜 pic.twitter.com/QcxfsYL0UB— Dustin Martin (@DustinMartin4) February 7, 2018
Tigers fans however are cautious about back-to-back flags as in the last decade only two teams have gone to win the flag after finishing minor premiers – Collingwood in 2010 and Hawthorn in 2013.
Richmond have been impressive however with 18 wins and just four losses, finishing with a percentage of 136.1 – the amount of points scored against the amount conceded – which is again the best in the league.
Only St Kilda (two in 2009), Collingwood (two in 2011) and Hawthorn (three in 2013) have had fewer losses over the last ten years.
Whoever wins down at AFL HQ are already celebrating quietly on another spectacular season.
Their total crowd attendance figures of 6,893,909 and average of 34,818 embarrass the other Aussie codes and go close to the English Premier League average for 2017/18 of 38,297.
Indeed the Tigers’ average home crowd of 61,175 is only beaten by Manchester United (75,102) and Spurs (70,642 at Wembley) in the EPL.
Like the NFL in the US, it’s clear which game is closest to the heart of the nation in Australia.