Neeraj Chopra has raised her medal hopes in the Tokyo Olympics by performing brilliantly in the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games and has also worked hard for it.
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, one of India’s biggest medal hopefuls at the Tokyo Olympics-2021, has made a big deal before entering the Games. He said that he did not get good international tournaments when he was needed and due to this he had to make many changes in his training and competition schedule. However, he has said that despite the challenging preparations, he is trying to stay positive for this big event.
Chopra said that he has missed the “natural spirit” of world-class competition, barring one occasion (competition) ahead of the Games starting on July 23. The one competition he referred to was the Kuorten Games in Finland on 26 June. Chopra won the bronze medal with a performance of 86.79 metres. In this competition, the contender to win the Olympic gold medal, Johannes Wetter of Germany won the gold with a distance of 93.59 meters.
New experience found in Finland
Chopra said in an online conversation with his training center in Uppsala, Sweden, “I had a new experience in Finland. During my preparation for the Olympics, I had a real experience of a top-level competition. This kind of natural performance feeling comes in you only when you participate in many world class events. For me, that was the only time.”
try to keep positive
Regarding the challenges faced by the restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chopra said that his endeavor is to maintain a positive attitude. He said, “I didn’t get good international competitions when I wanted to. I had to make many changes in the practice and competition schedule, but, my thinking is positive because in this sport a lot depends on the performance of that particular day. I am just hoping to give my best and realize my dream of winning gold for the country.”
Will not participate in any other tournament now
Due to visa problem, he will not be able to participate in the Diamond League to be held in Gateshead, UK. He will no longer participate in any other competition before leaving for Tokyo on 26 July. He said that he is focusing on improving his technique. He said, “My performance in Finland was not the best. There are some technical issues, the height of the spear was an issue. My spear could not reach the venue that day. I had to use another spear. I had won gold medals in Asian Games and Commonwealth Games but there also I was throwing spears from higher heights. I am working on reducing the length of the spear so that it can cover more distance.
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