Olympics gold-medalist Neeraj Chopra, who bettered his National Record in his very first event since the Olympics, is focused on improving his performance in the upcoming events like the Commonwealth Games and World Athletics Championships. It was Neeraj’s first competitive event since winning a historic gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“This was my first competition since the Tokyo Olympics and it went really well, as in the first competition itself, I hit my personal best throw and also won the Silver Medal. Now I am aiming for the next few events which will be bigger than this and of course, the Commonwealth Games, where I will face a lot of competition.” Neeraj said, speaking to SAI.
He then went on to add that the event gave him a confidence boost and now he aims to improve upon what he learned at the Paavo Nurmi Games.
“I got a good start here, so it has definitely boosted my confidence that I can perform better and I will take the shortcomings from here and improve upon them as we head for a bigger event,” he added.
Neeraj, who is currently training in Kuortane, Finland for the upcoming Diamond League event in Stockholm, is part of Ministry’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) which gives personalized support to athletes. Since the Olympics in Tokyo last year, all of Neeraj’s foreign exposure trips have been funded under the Ministry’s Target Olympics Podium Scheme (TOPS).
He had started his training initially at’ Chula VistNeeraj is also scheduled to compete in the World Athletics Championships in Julya Elite Athlete Training Centre for three months, followed by another three months of training at the Gloria Sports Arena in Antalya, Turkey, and now he is currently training at Kuortane, Finland’s Kuortane Olympic Training Centre, till 22nd and is also set to compete in Kuortane Games which will take place on June 18th.
Later this year, Neeraj is also scheduled to compete in the World Athletics Championships in July, followed by the Commonwealth Games in August.