Neeraj Chopra has been in the headlines since his Under-20 days. The javelin thrower first broke the world U-20 record with an effort of 86.48 meters at the U-20 World Championships in 2016. He went on to achieve several accolades, the most prominent being a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. By the end of 2022, according to World Athletics, Neeraj displaced Usain Bolt, who holds the world records in the 100m and 200m despite retiring in 2017, from the top of the most-written-about-athletes list for the first time in a year. .
Now, Neeraj has impressed Michael Johnson, one of the greatest sprinters of all time. The American great won four Olympic gold medals and eight World Championship gold medals during his career. He previously held world and Olympic records in the 200m and 400m, as well as the world record in the indoor 400m.
He posted a video of Neeraj on Twitter with the caption: “He’s a javelin thrower! Olympic champion javelin thrower, but a javelin thrower. With sprinter/jumper movement!” To that comment, Neeraj replied: “Checking the sprint calendar for the season now that I have your approval. @MJGold.”
Now that I have your approval, checking the sprint calendar for the season. @MJGold
— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) January 4, 2023
Chopra had a stellar 2022, finishing runner-up at the world championships in Eugene, Oregon — only the second Indian to win a global medal after Anju Bobby George’s bronze in the women’s long jump in 2003 — and becoming the first athlete since the country to win the javelin in the Diamond League final.
It followed his Olympic gold medal in Tokyo last year.
Chopra led the way with 812 entries, ahead of a troika of Jamaican women’s sprint stars, Ellen Thompson-Hera, with 751 entries, world 100m champion Shelley-Anne Fraser-Pryce (698) and world 200m champion Sherika Jackson (679). Still featured in 574 articles. World athletics media analysis agency Unicepta cited the figures.
With AFP input
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