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After Olympic gold, Neeraj Chopra eyes World Championships title subsequent yr

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A history-making Olympic gold in his pocket and having gained the 2018 Commonwealth Video games and Asian Video games titles, star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra is now concentrating on a prime podium end within the World Athletics Championships to be held in USA subsequent yr.

The World Championships was to be held this yr in Eugene, Oregon, in US however was pushed to 2022 after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was postponed by one yr as a result of Covid-19 pandemic. It’s going to now be held from July 15-24, 2022.

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“I’ve already gained gold in Asian Video games and Commonwealth Video games and now an Olympic gold. So my subsequent goal is successful gold within the World Championships subsequent yr,” Chopra mentioned throughout a press convention organized by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to felicitate him on his Olympic gold-winning feat.

Chopra scripted historical past on Saturday in Tokyo when he clinched India’s elusive Olympic medal in athletics to change into solely the second Indian to win the yellow steel in a person occasion with a finest throw of 87.58m within the remaining.

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“World Championships is massive a contest and typically harder than the Olympics. I’m not going to be content material with this Olympic gold and sit on this laurel. I wish to do even higher and win gold once more in Asian Video games, CWG and once more in Olympics.”

The 23-year-old famous person additionally felt that his inclusion within the nationwide camp by AFI in 2015 regardless of ending fifth throughout the Nationwide Video games in Kerala was a turning level in his profession.

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Earlier than becoming a member of nationwide camp in early 2015, he was coaching at Tau Devi Lal Stadium at Panchkula after being shifted from Shivaji Stadium at Panipat.

“We did good coaching however the amenities, tools, eating regimen weren’t that good (at Panchkula) however as soon as I joined the nationwide camp (at NIS Patiala) every part modified.

“I obtained higher amenities, higher eating regimen and tools solely after becoming a member of nationwide camp. And crucial factor is the sensation that I’m coaching together with the most effective javelin throwers of this nation. That may be a totally different feeling.

“So, becoming a member of the nationwide camp modified my profession and I wish to thank the AFI for that.”

He mentioned having obtained all the necessities and amenities he wanted it was for him to work laborious which he did.

“So, I obtained every part I wanted, so I labored laborious and I’m now right here.”

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