Paavo Nurmi Games, Neeraj Chopra: Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Neeraj Chopra has spoken of focusing on major sporting events after breaking his national record at the Pavo Nurmi Games in Finland on Tuesday. Neeraj Chopra, 24, recorded a best throw of 89.30m, a new individual national record. However, he was behind Oliver Helander of Finland, who won the gold with a personal best throw of 89.83m.
Chopra said that he would try to improve further. Neeraj was quoted as saying by Sai, “It was my first event since the Tokyo Olympics and it was really good, because in the first event itself I broke my personal record and won the silver medal. Now I am aiming for the next few events. I am the one who will be bigger than this.”
He said that the event has boosted his confidence and now he aims to improve on what he has learned at the Pavo Nurmi Games. “I got off to a good start here, so it’s definitely given me confidence that I can do better and I’ll work out the loopholes from here and improve them for the big event,” he said.
Neeraj is currently training in Kuorten, Finland for the Diamond League event in Stockholm, part of the ministry’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), which provides individual support to athletes. All Neeraj’s foreign trips since the Olympics in Tokyo last year have been funded under the Ministry’s Lakshya Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). Later this year, Neeraj will also participate in the World Athletics Championships in July, followed by the Commonwealth Games in August.
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