Must prove myself in bigger meets: Neeraj

The last few months had been a fantastic journey for Neeraj Chopra but the javelin thrower felt he still has a long way to go in the international arena.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 12.09.18
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Neeraj Chopra

New Delhi: The last few months had been a fantastic journey for Neeraj Chopra but the javelin thrower felt he still has a long way to go in the international arena.

A world champion in under-20, Neeraj made people sit up and take notice of him when be bagged the gold in Junior World championship. Two more gold medals came his way at the senior level this year - he won both in Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.

"Winning back-to-back gold medals in CWG and Asian Games were definitely huge achievements... I feel proud when you people call me the 'golden boy' of Indian athletics.

"But that should not be the end of it. I should also be able to prove myself in bigger meets like World Championship and Olympics," said the 20-year-old on the sidelines of a promotional, on Tuesday.

"The last couple of months had been fantastic in terms of performance. My coaches, trainers and the entire support system played crucial roles in taking me where I am today," said the Panipat youngster.

Neeraj hardly took any rest after winning the gold in Jakarta. The next day he travelled to Zurich to participate in the Diamond League Finals since he did not want to lose the opportunity to compete against some of world's best throwers.

However, he failed to make a podium finish failing behind Olympic champion Thomas Rohler of Germany by 0.03 metres.

Things, however, did not go well for Neeraj in Continental Cup in Ostrava, where top two athletes from each continent participated and the Indian was representing the Asia Pacific zone. Played under a new rule, Neeraj crashed out of the competition after a foul throw.

"The rules in the Continental Cup were different. After three throws, the two best will go in.

"My throw was good, I did more than 85 on my third, but it was a wrong throw. Because of it, I did not get another chance," Neeraj said.

"There are definitely some flaws in my technique... Perhaps I am throwing little too much on the left. I have to make some changes in my technique to make it perfect," he added.

Neeraj said he would not immediately start training for the World Championships.

"The season had been extremely long... I need to go for recovery at the moment. Thereafter, I will start training for the Worlds. First I will train in Patiala and then I will see whether to go abroad for training," he said.