Delhi: Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has returned to training at the NIS-Patiala more than two months after he clinched a historic gold at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in August. Chopra returned to training on track and field, barely two months after ending his season early after his career-defining performance in the men’s javelin final at the Summer Games in Tokyo.Also Read - Delhi Govt Gives Rs 2 Crore 'Samman Rashi' to Tokyo Olympic Star Ravi Dahiya
The 23-year-old Chopra, who became only the second Indian individual Olympic gold winner and first-ever top podium finisher in Athletics, was on a break after his historic feat on August 7. Also Read - Bajrang Punia, Tokyo Olympics Bronze Medallist, Splits With Coach Shako Bentinidis, Likely to Tie up With Andriy Stadnik
“Returned to training this week with the same hunger and desire as before. A #throwback to the beginning of the last Olympic cycle is a good place to start! Thank you to everyone for your messages of support,” he tweeted on Wednesday, along with a couple of pictures of his training session. Also Read - Committee to Probe Manika Batra's Allegation Against Coach
After several heartbreaks of fourth-place finishes, Neeraj Chopra became the first athlete from independent India to win a gold medal in track and field. Before Neeraj, the nation of 1.38 billion waited for more than half a century after late sprinter Milkha Singh and PT Usha missed the elusive Athletics medal by a fraction of a second.
Neeraj Chopra, who had won Olympic gold with a throw of 87.58m, had said that his next target would be to win a medal in the World Championships in the US next year.
He also recently said that he would want to continue training with German bio-mechanics expert Klaus Bartonietz for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Neeraj’s historic gold at the Tokyo Olympics in August has triggered a Javelin surge at the grassroots.