Jakarta: Neeraj Chopra was India’s star performer on the ninth day of the Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia on Monday.

The 20-year-old Neeraj broke his own national record in javelin throw to win gold. His effort of 88.06 metres captured the nation’s imagination. He came in for high praise from Indian fans.

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He is the first Indian to win javelin gold in Asian Games history. Overall, this is the third javelin medal for the country. Parsa Singh (silver) in 1951 and Gurtej Singh (bronze) in 1982 were the previous Indian winners.

India won five medals (one gold, three silver, one bronze) on Monday. So far, the country has 41 medals (eight gold, 13 silver, 20 bronze).

Apart from Neeraj’s glittering golden effort, India had three silver from athletics. Sudha Singh (women’s 3000 steeplechase), Neena Varakil (women’s long jump) and Dharun Ayyasamy (men’s 400m hurdles) bagged silver.

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The day began with ace shuttler Saina Nehwal’s heart-breaking loss in the women’s badminton singles semi-final. She had to settle for a bronze. However, PV Sindhu cleared the last-four hurdle to enter the gold medal match on Tuesday.

India maintained their winning streak in women's hockey. They beat Thailand 5-0 in their final Pool B match. India topped the group with 12 points and will now play the semi-finals.

In men's 800m, India's Jinson Johnson and Manjit Singh qualified for the final. Johnson clocked 1:47.39 in the heats while Manjit finished his race in the heats in a time of 1:48.64.

Indian women were knocked out of the table tennis team competition by Hong Kong. They lost 1-3 in the quarter-finals.