“It was my first event after the Tokyo Olympics and it was really good because in the first event I hit my personal best throw and won a silver medal. Now I’m looking forward to the next few events that will be bigger than this. And of course the Commonwealth Games, where I have to face a lot of competition, “said Neeraj Sai.
Neeraj’s previous national record was 88.07 meters, which he set in Patiala in March last year. A few months later, on August 7, 2021, the Panipat athlete became the first Indian to win an Olympic gold medal in athletics with a throw of 87.58 meters.
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In the first attempt, Neeraj reached 86.92 meters and in the second attempt, he took the javelin to 89.30 meters. The 24-year-old’s next three attempts failed. In his sixth and final attempt, he threw the javelin to 85.85 meters.
Neeraj said the event has boosted his confidence and now my goal is to improve what I have learned in the Pavo Nurmi Games.
“I’ve got off to a good start here, so it has definitely boosted my confidence that I can do better, and I will be able to make mistakes and improve when I go to a big event.”
Neeraj, who is training at Kuorten in Finland for the upcoming Diamond League tournament in Stockholm, is part of the Ministry’s Goal Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), which provides individual support to athletes. Since last year’s Olympics in Tokyo, all of Neeraj’s foreign trips have been funded under TOPS.
He initially trained for three months at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Athlete Training Center in the United States, then for three months at the Gloria Sports Arena in Antalya, Turkey, and is currently training at the Kuorten Olympic Training Center in Finland. Kuorten. Kendra will also participate in the Games until June 22 and June 18.
Later this year, Neeraj will compete in the World Athletics Championships in July and then in the Commonwealth Games in August.