I knew I had done something special: Neeraj Chopra recalls the throw that won him the historic gold medal

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Neeraj Chopra

Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra on Monday revealed that he was in pain after his historic performance at the Tokyo Games, but it was bearable considering the historic result he achieved.

In the honor ceremony organized by the Sports Minister Anurag Thakur After a chaotic reception this evening to honor seven medal-winning performances at the Games, the javelin thrower said he knew he had done something special in the final with a second attempt of 87.58m that earned him the gold.

“I knew I had done something special, actually felt I had achieved my best. The throw was really good,” Chopra said, referring to the 88.07m achieved earlier this year.

“The next day my body realized how special it was with all the pain but it was worth it,” he quipped.

“This medal is for the whole country.”

The 23-year-old Army jawan said that right now the only message he has for the players of the country is never to be afraid.

“All I want to say is that no matter what the opposition is, give your best. That’s all you have to do and that’s the gold medal. Never be afraid of the opposition,” he said.

Chopra not only became India’s first Olympic gold medalist in 13 years, but also the first track and field athlete to achieve the feat.

He cut his famous long mane before the Games and when asked about it in a light-hearted manner, the young man said, “I like long hair but I was jealous of the heat, long hair sweats a lot.” That’s why I got my hair cut.”

While Chopra shone golden in the campaign, silver medals were bagged by weightlifter Mirabai Chanu and wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya.

Boxer Lovlina Borgohain, shuttler PV Sindhu, men’s hockey team and wrestler Bajrang Punia won bronze medals.

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