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Neeraj Chopra shares his learnings from previous off-season

Speaking on the pressure of expectations, Neeraj said, "One has to understand from deep within that athletics events involve intense competition. There is plenty of pressure already."

Edited By: Aachal Maniyar New Delhi Published on: September 09, 2022 20:44 IST
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Image Source : TWITTER Neeraj Chopra wins gold

Olympic gold medallist javelin thrower Chopra on Thursday scripted history yet again as he became the first Indian to win the Diamond League Finals title in Zurich.

The 24-year-old expressed about his previous season's experience.

"Last year was a very new experience for me, balancing was difficult, but I learned from last season," Chopra said.

He vouched he will avoid everything he did in the last off-season, in order to peak at the right time and maintain his fitness.

"This time for the few commercial commitments I will give dates in advance. When the training time comes, I will be fully focussed on that ... so that the preparation is taken care of well..

"I will not rest too much, will start training early, and keep my weight in check by not eating much."

The star Javelin thrower added, "I started training late after Olympics. The biggest challenge was to regain fitness, I worked on techniques, worked on strength.

"I was very good technically this time. Javelin is a technical event, so it helped me this time."

While he has been consistently throwing in the high eighties, Chopra has yet to cross the 90m barrier, but he is least perturbed by that as he feels winning matters the most.

"I am not disappointed at all, it's (90m) just a magical mark. It all depends on how you perform on that day, how you handle the situation... If you touch 90m and don't win, then also it doesn't matter..

"So there is no 90m pressure on me, no disappointment, when it has to happen, it will happen.

"The important thing is World Athletics now takes note of Indian athletes and their performance."

He further added, "I want more athletes from India to compete in top tournaments, lot of team from other countries were participating in the Diamond League Finals. It will help them in terms of experience too."

Speaking on the pressure of expectations, he said, "The problem is that everyone wants gold. One has to understand from deep within that athletics events involve intense competition. There is plenty of pressure already.

"I just give my 100 percent that day. When I won silver in the World Championships, a lot of people had come to me asked 'why silver this time, why no gold'?

"I think it goes beyond the colour of the medal, we have to support our athletes too, and not just focus on the medal."

(Inputs from PTI)

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