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Javelin Throw Athlete Neeraj Chopra Looking To Break India’s Olympic Track-And-Field Duck

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| May 1 , 2018 , 17:52 IST

Commonwealth Games 2018 Gold Medallist in the javelin throw, Neeraj Chopra, has set his eyes on Tokyo 2020 Games, as he is looking break India’s unwanted record of no medals in track-and-field events in Olympics.

While the International Olympic Committee credits India with Norman Pritchard’s hurdles silver medals in 1900, before it gained independence from Britain, the world’s second most populous nation considers itself never to have won an athletics medal at an Olympics.

“It was my first Commonwealth Games and I started thinking about how hard I had worked to get to that moment. The happiest thought for me was that I had made history by winning the first javelin gold.” Chopra said to the media.

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“We have athletics medal in every event... be it Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, world championships,” said Chopra, who is part of diversified conglomerate JSW Group’s Sports Excellence Programme.

“So the main aim is to win an Olympic medal. I can’t even imagine what that would mean to track-and-field in the country. People keep telling me that the person who wins an Olympic medal will probably become the God of athletics,”

He added, “to achieve something so huge, I would need to do something different. I have to throw 90 plus metres consistently at different tournaments.”

For now, his main focus is on performing at his highest potential at the Asian Games later on this year.