Neeraj Chopra termed his silver medal-winning feat in World Athletics Championships in Eugene on Saturday as challenging. The Olympic Games javelin cham-pion was fourth in the standings at halfway stage before his 88.13 metre throw saw him finishing second behind Anderson Peters of Grenada.
“The conditions were challenging. The wind was coming from the front. It was a tough competition with very tough competitors. I was making the effort, but the big throw was not coming. Good that I was able to make a comeback,” he said.
Neeraj revealed he felt a jerk in his thigh after the fourth throw. “Hopefully, I will be fine for the CommonwealthGames (in Birmingham).
”He woke up with a sore and stiff thigh on Sunday but source said it doesn’t look too serious.
“As things stand now will be defending the gold medal,” the source told The Telegraph.
The qualifying rounds of men’s javelin at CWG is slated for August 5 and the final will be two days later. It coincides with the one-year anniversary of his Tokyo gold medal-winning exploit. Neeraj promised that the medals would not satiate his hunger for success.
“The hunger will always be there. Next year (Budapest will host the World Championships) I will try to better this. I will aim for the yellow metal.”