Neeraj Chopra breaks national record

New Delhi: Tokyo Olympic Games gold medalist Neeraj Chopra has set his sights on major sporting events after improving upon his national record at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland.

The 24-year-old, who registered a best javelin throw of 89.30m — a new personal best and national record, to finish behind Finland’s Oliver Helander, who won gold with a personal best throw of 89.83m — said that he would “take the shortcomings from here and improve upon it”.

“This was my first competition since the Tokyo Olympics and it went really well as in the first competition itself, I hit my personal best throw and also won the silver medal. Now I am aiming for the next few events which would be bigger than this and of course the Commonwealth Games, where I will face a lot of competition,” Neeraj was quoted as saying by SAI.

He added that the event gave him a confidence boost and now he aims to improve upon what he learned at the Paavo Nurmi Games.

“I got a good start here, so it has definitely boosted my confidence that I can perform better and I will take the shortcomings from here and improve upon them as we head for a bigger event,” he added.

Neeraj is currently training in Kuortane, Finland for the Diamond League event in Stockholm.

Later this year, Neeraj is scheduled to compete in the World Athletics Championships in July, followed by the Commonwealth Games in August.

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