Neeraj Chopra sets sights on Olympic record

Neeraj Chopra says he targets setting an Olympic record after having clinched the gold medal in the Olympics.

Neeraj Chopra during a talk show in Kolkata on Wednesday. - PTI

Neeraj Chopra on Wednesday said he has set his eyes on breaking the Olympic record.

Neeraj, who has a personal best of 88.07m metres, clinched the historic gold medal at the Tokyo Games, with a throw of 87.58m in his second attempt.

The Olympic record stands at 90.57m set by Andreas Thorkildsen in Beijing 2008 and Neeraj said it would be great to add one more feather to his cap.

"An Olympic gold medal is the ultimate. But in athletics, you can add one more thing to your gold medal — an Olympic record,” the 23-year-old said during his maiden trip to Kolkata after becoming the first-ever Indian to win an Olympics gold in athletics.

"I have the national record standing at 88.07 metres, while the Olympic record is 90.57. If I can go a step further then it would be an Olympic gold with a personal best and an Olympic record,” he said about his target.

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Neeraj is here on a two-day visit for a private felicitation programme as he was honoured by the Kolkata Police.

"I’m meeting new people everyday, attending so many functions. The biggest change I see is for the Olympic sport. I always knew it would be a different atmosphere when I return home," he said.

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"It's a great thing that people are now keenly following Olympic sports. I hope Indian sports achieves greater heights."

Having already ended the 2021 season due to a "packed schedule," Neeraj said he has three important events — World Championships, Commonwealth Championships and Diamond League — lined up next year.

"I will start training soon, and will focus on my real work then,” he concluded.

The javelin champion was earlier felicitated by West Bengal MOS for sports and youth affairs, Manoj Tiwary.

Already the toast of the nation, Neeraj’s golden feat undoubtedly will be a much-celebrated theme during the Durga Puja as he was invited to witness the biggest festival of the State next month.

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