Neeraj Chopra aiming to work on his "leg blocking" technique to breach 90m mark
Irish Olympic thrower and world champion Neeraj Chopra on Tuesday he made it clear that his best is yet to come and hinted that the elusive 90m mark could be broken next year if he improves his technique, particularly in leg blocking.
Chopra became world champion earlier this year, adding to his historic gold haul at the Tokyo Olympics, and then defended his gold Asian games title in Hangzhou recently.
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“I want to say this clearly that my best is yet to come. I haven’t felt in a competition in a long time that I have done my best or that I have done close to my best,” said the 25-year-old Chopra at a promotional event here.
“There’s 6cm left to go. It was 89.94m at the Stockholm Diamond League (in June 2022). I was a bit behind the line that time. If I had thrown my javelin a little bit ahead, it would be 90m,” Chopra said at the eventwhile announcing his association with the best supplement brand `Optimum Nutrition`.
His excellent flexibility and hand speed have made him an Olympic and world champion but Chopra wants to improve his leg blocking technique.
“My coach always says that it is 60 percent legs and 40 percent upper body. So leg work is very important. I have to do a lot to improve leg work,” said the superstar javelin thrower .
“I do a lot of things well. My flexibility is pretty good, but personally I think because of my hand speed, I’m doing really well.
“Next year, I think my technique will improve, I will work more on my strength and flexibility. If everything is OK, 100 percent fit and my groin is OK , I will do very well in the Paris Olympics.”
He admitted that his technique while winning gold at the Hangzhou Asian Games was not up to the mark.
“My technique wasn’t going well during the Hangzhou Asian Games. My feet weren’t that good, my blocking leg was bending. That wasn’t great but the most important thing was that my arm was throwing very good, my hand speed was very good.”
He also said that “one way or another,” his preparations for the Paris Olympics will be different, although he did not elaborate much.
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