New Delhi: Neeraj Chopra became the toast of the nation after winning the Tokyo Olympics gold medal in javelin throw in 2021. He is set to return to the athletic field after a gap of about 10 months at the Paavo Nurmi Games 2022 in Finland on Tuesday. Since the Olympics triumph, he has been preparing abroad for the upcoming crucial events.
He is the second individual in the country, after shooter Abhinav Bindra, who brought yellow metal to the country. The Tokyo Olympics gold medalist surprised the entire world with his historic throw of 87.58 that fetched him a gold medal.
Currently, Neeraj is practising in Finland to improve on his previous performance. He took part in two competitions here earlier and then moved to Europe to participate in a tournament.
In an interview, Neeraj said that several athletes in the country are doing well and throwing in the range of 80 plus meters. Some juniors such as Rohit, Yashvir, Manu DP, Sahil, and many others are performing consistently.
The competition at the international level is getting tougher as leading athletes are throwing 90 plus. Anderson Peters of Grenada and Czech player Jakub Vadlejch have thrown in the range of 90m+ this year. Several German throwers are performing fabulously. So, the competition is getting stiff in javelin, and now it has reached new heights across the world.
Neeraj Chopra further added that perhaps his first priority is to take part in two prime events, such as the World Championships and Commonwealth Games. But he is expected to participate in more than half a dozen tournaments. However, his aim is to repeat his Olympic feat in the WC and CWG.
He was talking about his targets in the coming tournaments. Neeraj wants to be consistent in his throws to achieve the best possible results this year. He has been focusing on his fitness level to attain his cherished goal of 90m. He is close to the 90-metre barrier, which he would like to cross at any cost. He wants to be in the elite club of 90-metre javelin throwers. It is difficult but not impossible for an ambitious athlete like Neeraj Chopra.
Neeraj Chopra, the poster boy of India, will be in action today in Helsinki, Finland, with the objective of touching the 90-meter throw. The Paavo Nurmi Games is a part of the World Athletics Continental Tour 2022.