The 23-yr-previous made a promising begin to his Olympic preparations with a good 83.18m which he achieved in his sixth and ultimate throw in the Lisbon occasion on Thursday. It was his first competitors in greater than a yr.
“We knew beforehand who are competing in this event in Lisbon and my coach told me to compete in training mode and not to go 100 per cent,” Chopra mentioned.
“I had very less time for the competition (in Lisbon) and it was taken like a training case. In the next events, competition will be tougher and I will give more effort,” Chopra added.
Interestingly, Chopra’s scoresheet initially confirmed 78.15m in his ultimate effort which might have meant that he received the occasion along with his first throw of 80.71m.
But his crew administration requested the organisers for a handbook measurement of the ultimate throw and it got here out to be 83.18m.
“Neeraj’s team there lodged a review of the final throw and a manual measurement was done,” mentioned Manisha Malhotra, JSW Sports’ Head of Sports Excellence.
Chopra is being accompanied by coach and biomechanical professional Klaus Bartonietz and physio Issan Marwaha.
He will compete in Karlstad Meet in Sweden on June 22 and in the Kuortane Games in Finland on June 26.
He will keep in Lisbon until June 19. After that he’ll prepare at Uppsala in Sweden.
The likes of 2017 world champion Johannes Vetter of Germany and Marcin Krukowski of Poland are in prime two this season with throws of 96.29m and 89.55m just lately and Chopra mentioned he’s maintaining a watch on who’s doing what.
“I am keeping a watch and how the competition could be (in the Olympics). Accordingly, I am undergoing training to the best possible way. I feel I will do well in Olympics,” mentioned Chopra who’s at present third in world listing this season along with his nationwide report throw of 88.07m in Patiala in March.
“I hope to get competition with some of those with whom I will compete in the Olympics. I hope to get to the groove and it will be great to have that feeling of competing against the best coming back,” Chopra added.
On the curiosity being proven in direction of his preparations forward of the Olympics, he mentioned, “I am hoping to do well so that the athletics’ profile and level is raised and the young generation start following athletics in a big way.”
The Lisbon occasion was the first worldwide competitors Chopra has taken half after qualifying for Tokyo Olympics in January final yr in South Africa.