India’s javelin thrower star Neeraj Chopra on Wednesday said that after winning the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, he is eyeing to break the Olympic record. Neeraj’s personal best is 88.07m. He won the gold medal at the Tokyo Games with an effort of 87.58m. The Olympic record is held by Andreas Thorkildsen, who won the gold medal in Beijing in 2008 with an effort of 90.57m. Neeraj said it would be great to achieve another feat.
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23-year-old Neeraj, the first Indian to win an athletics gold medal in the Olympics, said on his first visit to Kolkata, “Olympic gold medal is the highest. But in athletics, you can add one more thing to your gold medal – Olympic record. Talking about his target, he said, “The national record with 88.07m is in my name, while the Olympic record is 90.57m. Had I been able to go a step further, it would have been a gold medal with a personal best performance and an Olympic record.
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Neeraj is here on a two-day visit for a private felicitation ceremony. The Kolkata Police honored him. “I am meeting new people every day, participating in so many events. The biggest change I saw for the Games included in the Olympics. I always knew that there will be a different atmosphere when I return home.
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Neeraj will not participate in any more tournaments in the 2021 season due to his busy schedule. Neeraj said that next year there are three important competitions in the form of World Championship, Commonwealth Games and Diamond League. “I will start training soon and then focus on the real goal,” he said.