Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, star of the Olympic Games, on Friday said his effort of 83.18m for gold in the Lisbon event was achieved in training mode, adding that he would increase his performance in ‘a notch in the next international competitions. The 23-year-old made a promising start to his preparations for the Tokyo Olympics with a good 83.18m he made in his sixth and final throw in the Lisbon event on June 10. It was his first competition in over a year.
“We knew in advance who would compete at this event in Lisbon and my coach told me to compete in training mode and not to go 100%,” said Chopra.
“I had very less time for the competition (in Lisbon) and it was taken as a training case. In the next events, the competition will be harder and I will give more effort”, added Chopra .
Interestingly, Chopra’s scoresheet initially showed 78.15m in his final effort, which would have meant he had won the event with his first throw of 80.71m.
But his team management asked organizers for a manual measurement of the final throw and it came out at 83.18m.
“The Neeraj team filed a final throw review and a manual measurement was performed,” said Manisha Malhotra, manager of athletic excellence at JSW Sports.
Chopra is accompanied by trainer and biomechanics expert Klaus Bartonietz and physio Issan Marwaha. He will participate in the Karlstad Meet in Sweden on June 22 and the Kuortane Games in Finland on June 26.
He will stay in Lisbon until June 19. He will then train in Uppsala, Sweden. 2017 world champions Johannes Vetter of Germany and Marcin Krukowski of Poland are in the top two this season with throws of 96.29m and 89.55m recently and Chopra has said he is watching who does what.
“I’m watching how the competition could be (at the Olympics). As a result, I’m training in the best possible way. I think I’m going to do well at the Olympics,” said Chopra, who is currently third on the list. global. season with his national record of 88.07m at Patiala in March.
“I hope to be competing with some of those I will compete with at the Olympics. I hope to get up to speed and it will be great to have that feeling of competing with the best who come back,” added Chopra.
Regarding the interest shown in his preparations before the Olympics, he said: “I hope to do well so that the profile and level of athletics is raised and that the younger generation begins to follow athletics in depth. . “
The Lisbon event was the first international competition in which Chopra participated after qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics in January last year in South Africa
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