Asian Games: Neeraj Chopra eyes title defence for perfect season-ender – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Neeraj Chopra is raring to wind up his extremely profitable 2023 season with a repeat of his Jakarta Asiad present 5 years in the past. The reigning Olympic and world champion will launch his title defence within the males’s javelin throw competitors on the upcoming Hangzhou Video games on October 4.
The Indian ace, who had set a brand new nationwide report with a large throw of 88.06m to complete on high of the rostrum in Jakarta, is primed for one more gold medal outing on the Hangzhou Sports activities Centre Stadium, with the monitor and discipline competitions starting September 29.
The Asiad shall be Neeraj’s remaining main competitors of this 12 months. He shall be main a 68-member athletics squad of 35 males and 33 ladies – India’s largest contingent for any sport in Hangzhou.
Neeraj has been on a roll this season, having pocketed the coveted World title beside profitable the Doha and Lausanne legs of the Diamond League collection. He suffered a uncommon setback late final week when he misplaced his Eugene Diamond League Last crown to Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic.

“I nonetheless have another competitors, the Asian Video games in China. In large competitions, I feel it is about mindset; in large competitions we needn’t put together ourselves. After we enter the stadium, our thoughts is prepared and the physique can be prepared for the competitors. I actually prefer to compete with these guys, all are good pals and we’re all competing in an excellent approach,” Neeraj had stated after his second-place end in Eugene.
Neeraj, who boasts of a large private better of 89.94m, has a greatest throw of 88.67m, achieved in Doha, this 12 months. He’s anticipated to face stiff competitors from arch-rival, Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem, who had completed second behind Neeraj with a throw of 87.82m on the Budapest World championships.
Whereas Neeraj hasn’t been capable of breach the muchtalked about 90m-mark, Nadeem breached the barrier with a throw of 90.18m to safe the gold on the Birmingham CWG final 12 months. The Indian anticipates renewing his rivalry with Nadeem on the Asiad and has acknowledged that the load of followers’ expectations for a repeat present in Hangzhou would intensify the strain.
“I met Nadeem after the occasion and we had been blissful that each our nations are making critical strides within the sporting enviornment. We had been additionally blissful to have prevailed over our European counterparts, who’re stronger and really aggressive. The rivalry between our two nations in sports activities will at all times be there. We’ll meet once more in Hangzhou,” Neeraj stated.
Giving the 2 some critical competitors could be India’s promising javelin thrower Kishore Jena, who exceeded expectations on the Budapest Worlds with a throw of 84.77 to complete a creditable fifth.

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