Neeraj Chopra at the World Championships


World Championships in Athletics: WCH Oregon 2022: As India prepares for its first ‘National Javelin Day’ on August 7 to mark the anniversary…

World Athletics Championships: WCH Oregon 2022: As India prepares for its first ‘National Javelin Day’ on August 7 to mark the anniversary of Neeraj Chopra’s historic Olympic gold medal, the athlete is hoping to bring a first senior World Championships medal to the celebrations. But Neeraj, who improved his throws last month, is aware of the competition at the World Championships. He believes it is necessary to throw more than 89m to win a medal. Follow more updates from the World Championship in Athletics on InsideSport.IN

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Chopra completed an effort of 87.58 meters in Tokyo last year to become the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal in athletics. Now Chopra is heading to the worlds seeking to innovate. Chopra threw a personal best 89.30m at the Paavo Nurmi Games last month before improving it to 89.94m at the Stockholm Diamond League.

Athletics World Championship: Javelin champion Neeraj Chopra at the World Championships

World Championships in Athletics: Neeraj Chopra aware of high-level competition at World Championships, says ‘it will take 89+m to win in Eugene’

“I’m close to 90m,” said Chopra, who finished second in Stockholm behind reigning Grenada world champion Anderson Peters. “I know I can kick it off this year.

“A lot of guys are now able to throw over 90m. It will take more than 89 million to win in Eugene.
His victory in Eugene, Oregon, will make Chopra the first men’s javelin thrower to follow an Olympic triumph with a world title since Norway’s Andreas Thorkildsen in 2008-09.

Chopra said being the reigning Olympic champion won’t put pressure on him until the July 15-24 world championships.

“Nothing like that should happen because I’m playing with a free spirit and performing to my potential,” he added. “There is no pressure… I train well and I give 100% in competition.”

Chopra’s chances improved after the withdrawal of Johannes Vetter, who has the second-biggest pitch ever, after the German suffered a shoulder injury, while Peters deals with a back problem.

World Championships in Athletics: Neeraj Chopra aware of high-level competition at World Championships, says ‘it will take 89+m to win in Eugene’

Long jumper Anju Bobby George remains the only Indian to win a world medal with a bronze in 2003, Chopra – dubbed by national media ‘the man with the golden arm’ – looks set to continue his streak of success .

At the Gold Coast in 2018, the former world junior champion became just the third man to win a gold medal in athletics for India at the Commonwealth Games after sprinter Milkha Singh in 1958 and thrower Vikas Gowda record in 2014.

World Championships in Athletics: Neeraj Chopra aware of high-level competition at World Championships, says ‘it will take 89+m to win in Eugene’

He then added a gold medal at the Asian Games in Jakarta before becoming a household name with his Olympic victory, meaning he spent the second half of last year being celebrated by an adoring nation and did not return to training until December.

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