Being trained under an overseas coach, Uwe Hohn of Germany, country’s star who is currently in the limelight, the javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has only seen dominance in his career, the latest being a gold at the Sotteville Athletics meet in France.
Javelin Throw – Neeraj Chopra – Past Achievements
Javelin throw – History was made when Indian Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian athlete who received a title of world champion at any level when he won a gold medal at the U-20 World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland
Chopra continues to be one of India’s most excellent prospects for the past couple of years. The youngster took up a sport few have taken earlier in India, and has been delivering medals ever since.
The 20-year-old who is from Panipat first appeared on the international stage in the World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine. Chopra finished nineteenth on that event in that year.
However, Chopra rose to popularity and became known after he won the gold medal at the South Asian Games in Guwahati. A flow of medals started, Chopra had claimed three more gold medals in under two years at the World U20 Championships, Asian Championships, and the Commonwealth Games. The youngster also won Silver at the Asian Junior Championships in Ho Chih Min City, Vietnam.
Earlier, the Commonwealth Games gold-medalist had given an outstanding performance and finished fourth in the first edition of the of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League 2018 in Doha breaking the national record with a throw of 87.43 meters.
However, he failed to show his spirit in the subsequent edition, which was held in the USA and finished at the sixth spot in the tournament. Rabat Diamond League had come to an end recently. Chopra had finished fifth with an effort of 83.32 meters in this event.
Javelin Throw – Neeraj Chopra – Gold at Sotteville Athletics Meet in France
Neeraj Chopra was one of the two athletes who was picked and had been granted special exemption from the Inter-State Meet, the selection trials for the Asian Games, held at Guwahati in April. Neeraj, and above all his trainer Uwe Hohn, didn’t need any further interruption to their training programme particularly after a “long break” following the Commonwealth Games.
After a few brief stints with Uwe Hohn, the very first and only athlete to cross the 100m mark, Neeraj chose to train under the German in Finland along with other campers since May. Their venture seems to have clicked as Neeraj produced a gold-winning throw at the Sotteville Athletics Meet on Tuesday.
Neeraj took the top spot with an 85.17m hurl ahead of Moldova’s Andrian Mardare (79.31m) and Edis Matusevicius (79.31) of Lithuania. Even though the Germans were missing from the pool. The event had Keshorn Walcott, who is a London Olympic Champion, he had completed a dismal fifth.
Neeraj’s winning throw in France was roughly 2m short of his personal best of 87.47m, which he achieved in the Doha leg of the Diamond League. However, Hohn insists it had been part of the strategy. “We know that he needs to be in top shape in Jakarta and so that’s the plan. We knew this is how he would perform here.
Javelin throw – Neeraj Chopra – Improvements
What we have understood from his throws yesterday is that he can easily add a few more meters to his throw,” Hohn told The Indian Express.
On his arrival, Hohn had clearly stated that there were definite niggles in Neeraj’s method that had to be ironed out. And the Hohn was happy that training stint in Finland had no interruptions and has helped him tackle these niggling problems.
“The areas that we worked on were power and technique. We did a lot of lifting a false throw. Earlier, he was putting more stress on his elbow, and that caused problems. Now he lifts his hands much higher and gets his shoulder under the javelin, reducing the strain on his elbow,” Hohn explained.
Neeraj has returned to Finland where he’ll resume training beneath Hohn. The Panipat lad says that he didn’t set any targets for this meet and his ultimate aim will perform well at the Asiad. “I have been training really hard and happy with how the things are moving.”
Neeraj is very likely to take part in another meet before taking the flight to Jakarta. As far as visiting home is concerned, Neeraj might have to wait somewhat longer. “I’ll be able to go home only after the Asian Games.” Hopefully with a gold medal around his neck.
At Sottevile Athletics meet, the gold which Neeraj has achieved will surely give him boost and confidence for the challenge in 2018 Asian Games as he is the top medal athlete from Indian athletics team.