Neeraj Chopra Wants to Repeat Tokyo Olympics Approach in World Championships

Sure, the world championship medal is on his mind, but star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra said on Saturday that he would compete in July without too much pressure, which he did during the Tokyo Olympics.

The 24-year-old Chopra said thinking too much about the world championship medal could backfire even though the achievement is within his reach if he does his best on competition day.

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“During the Olympics last year, I didn’t take any pressure, I didn’t think that I would win a gold. With that, I performed well and won the gold. My approach was to do my best on the day according to the situation. I am satisfied if I do my best, learn and improve from For the future,” Chopra told PTI in an interview from his training base in Finland.

“I will do the same during the world championships and see what the outcome is, whether I win a medal. It’s not like I won gold at the Olympics last year, so I should win a medal at the world championships this year. I will see the improvement I can do,” Chopra said. In the future”.

He recently launched a YouTube Short contest to promote javelin throwing among young people.

“There’s a little pressure, it’s normal, but I always try to be comfortable, not think about the outcome too much, and stay as natural as possible while participating in a big event.”

Age is on his side. However, Chopra was looking to make adjustments to his disappointing display at the 2017 World Championships in London, where he failed to qualify for the final round. He did not participate in the 2019 World Championships in Doha as he was recovering from elbow surgery.

“I wasn’t in top shape at the World Championships in London and had played many competitions by that season. I couldn’t do well,” said Chopra, who made history by winning the javelin gold in Tokyo with an 87.58m throw.

Chopra is currently training at Olympic Training Center Kortan in Finland, where he arrived on Thursday after moving from Turkey. He will train at Cortan until June 22 as part of preparations for the Worlds (July 14-25) in Eugene, USA, and the Commonwealth Games (July 28 to August 8) in Birmingham.

His first competition will be at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland on June 14. The likes of Johannes Vetter of Germany, who has thrown over 90 million active athletes, as well as world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada. The season started with a whopping 93.07m effort in the Doha Diamond League on May 1, and he will be featured in the event.

“My main goals this year are the World Championships, the CWG Finals and the Diamond League and I will try to give my best. I will gradually enter the season and whatever the outcome… I hope to do well because I am preparing well.

“The rest will depend on the conditions of the day and how my body will respond. I will not take any pressure from competition.”

In Turkey, Chopra didn’t do a lot of throwing training but was doing other things like weightlifting, running, strength building etc. but now the focus will be more on throwing.

“There will be all the other things too but there will be more focus on throwing, technical stuff and distance. I have to fine tune the runs, how many meters it will be, where to start, cross and stop, etc.

“We’ve started on all of these things. There are less than three weeks away but it’s all going well.”

Like many Indian athletes who train abroad, Chopra also cooked food and washed his clothes. He said he enjoys doing these things as he had learned in his childhood.

“In many training centers, there are no washing machines, and we have to wash our clothes. A lot of times, we felt we had to cook Indian food ourselves. So we go to the supermarket and buy food, vegetables, etc.

“So we have to do those things, the simple way of living. When I was staring at exercise, for 4-5 years, I washed my clothes and cooked my food myself. These days too, if we had the opportunity or were under pressure or compulsion to do all these things I do it with pleasure,” said the champion athlete.

Chopra recently launched an exciting exclusive YouTube Short challenge. Fans can join him by performing the #JavRun and repeating the featured race before he throws the javelin.

Similar to Chopra’s medal-winning toss style, fans can create a short 15-second YouTube clip from the YouTube mobile app and add their own creative twist to the challenge.

“Most people use YouTube and I think my training videos can be accessed through YouTube. When I started the sport in my childhood, I also used to watch a lot of videos of the best javelins on YouTube about how to throw a javelin.

“If children watch my training videos and if they like the videos, they can learn to spear. I want to inspire children and young people.

“After the Olympics, a lot of kids would like to start javelin but they don’t know how to train. Now, on my YouTube channel, people will know how javelin is trained, what exercises are done, etc.

“Mostly, I will be uploading training videos related to sports from now. Going forward, I can upload other things, like if I go abroad to train in a new city, I can add videos as well. The response (from the audience) has been good so far” .

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