Did not feel any pressure in the Olympic Final: Gold medalist Neeraj Chopra
New Delhi : Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian to win a gold medal in Olympics; the javelin thrower said he did not feel any pressure in the final game.
Addressing a virtual press conference after winning the gold medal, he said, "Because I had participated in a few international competitions, I didn't feel any pressure in the final. It also helps when your first throw lands well. I felt confident after that first throw (of 87.03m)."
"After that throw, I was thinking of the fact that the Olympic record which is 90.57m. My own personal best is 88.07m. So, I was thinking of trying to target the Olympic record in the subsequent throws. I gave my everything, but javelin throw is a technical sport and not just about power, so I couldn't better the second attempt (which fetched the gold medal). My next target will be to cross the 90m mark," he added.
"The two-three international competitions that I participated in this year really helped me. The reason I didn't feel any pressure at the Olympics was because I had played against most of my opponents a few times," he explained.
He also talked about the thought he had in mind when the Tokyo Olympics was postponed in 2020 due to pandemic situation.
"When the Tokyo Olympics was postponed, I tried not to take it negatively. At the time, I told myself that now I have an extra year to prepare for the event," he added.
On being the first ever Indian to win a gold medal at the Olympics, Chopra said: "We have won medals in the past. There was a gold medal in shooting, there were many gold medals in hockey. But there was none in athletics. Milkha Singh and PT Usha had come close in the past. So it was very important to win this medal."