Neeraj Chopra sets sights on Olympic record to go with his golden feat | Olympics

Star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra on Wednesday stated that he has set his eyes on breaking the Olympic record to go with his gold medal profitable feat on the Tokyo Games.

Neeraj, who has a personal better of 88.07m metres, clinched the historic gold with a throw of 87.58m in his second try at Tokyo Games.

The Olympic record stands at 90.57m set by Andreas Thorkildsen in Beijing 2008 and Neeraj stated it could be nice to add another feather to his cap.

“An Olympic gold medal is the ultimate. But in athletics, you can add one more thing to your gold medal — an Olympic record,” the 23-year-old said during his maiden trip to Kolkata after becoming the first ever Indian to win an Olympics gold in athletics.

“I’ve the nationwide record standing at 88.07 metres, whereas the Olympic record is 90.57. If I can go a step additional then it could be an Olympic gold with a personal greatest and an Olympic record,” he stated about his goal.

Neeraj is right here on a two-day go to for a non-public felicitation programme as he was honoured by the Kolkata Police.

“I’m meeting new people everyday, attending so many functions. The biggest change I see is for the Olympic sport. I always knew it would be a different atmosphere when I return home,” he stated.

“It’s a great thing that people are now keenly following Olympic sports. I hope Indian sports achieve greater heights.”

Having already determined to finish the 2021 season due to a “packed schedule”, Neeraj stated he has three essential occasions — World Championships, Commonwealth Championships and Diamond League — lined up subsequent year.

“I’ll begin coaching quickly, and can focus on my actual work then,” he concluded.

The javelin champion was earlier felicitated by West Bengal MOS for sports activities and youth affairs Manoj Tiwary.

Already the toast of the nation, Neeraj’s golden feat undoubtedly will probably be a a lot celebrated theme throughout Durga Puja as he was invited to witness the most important competition of the state subsequent month. 

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