It is every athlete’s dream to represent one’s nation at the Olympics. Same is the case with one of India’s finest javelin thrower, Neeraj Chopra. At the Athletics Central North East meeting in South Africa, Chopra threw the spear at a distance of 87.86m. This throw not only made him qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but also helped him to achieve the second-best throw of his lifetime, the previous best being 88.06.
During one of the media interactions, the young sensation talked about how surprised he was by his own efforts. “To be frank I was pleasantly surprised. Everyone knew it was a good throw. After the second and third throws went off well, I thought of going for the 85m mark in the fourth. The jerk and the follow-through came out quite well in the fourth throw and I knew it was a good one. Chopra said” Righty so, Chopra was making a comeback after an injury lay-off and had not participated in any event since September 2018.
The 2018 Jakarta Asian Games gold-medallist said that his body was feeling good and there was no pressure of the competition. “It was different because I was competing after such a long gap. Usually, a few days before the competition, you get the feeling that the day is coming closer. This time, I went into it without much pressure. The target was always to breach the qualifying standard, but I wanted to see how I go. After the warm-up throws, the javelin was leaving the hand well and I felt like I could work on a few tweaks to throw better.”
“It’s been a difficult time over the past year, but I knew I was preparing myself to come back stronger.” His comeback throw after 16 months was not only a strong one but also of the best throws of his life.
The young lad kept his spirits up and his injury did not deter him from putting up a splendid show. “I will continue my training for the Olympics. I will look to compete more in the coming months and am looking forward to more high-quality competition at the Federation Cup and the Diamond League circuit,” he said. Neeraj Chopra is one of the medal prospects for the Tokyo Olympics and his sublime form can help him achieve this feat.