Former world champion Cousin is the favorite for gold, while Chopra is considered India’s best bet to finish the country’s Olympic medal door in athletics.
File image by Johannes Vetter. AFP
New Delhi: Rivals when they have spears in hand, the German javelin superstar Johannes Vetter and Neeraj Chopra are happy to be friends when they are not competing, although the former is clear that the Haryana -Youngster can’t beat him at the Tokyo Olympics.
Former world champion Cousin is gold favorite, while Chopra is considered India’s best bet to finish the country’s Olympic medal door in athletics.« He (Chopra) has thrown good throws twice this year. Over 86m in Finland. If he is healthy and if he is in the right shape, especially in his technique, he can throw far, » said Vetter in an interview with selected ones international media organized by World Athletics.
« But he has to fight me. I want to throw over 90 meters in Tokyo, so it will be difficult for him to beat me. »
The duo first met Time in 2018 in Offenburg, Germany, than both trained in the same facility.
Chopra then spent three months in Germany under the prominent trainer Werner Daniels. There he finished second behind cousin.
Three years later, the two met again last month at the Kuortane Games in Finland in Finland and even traveled together from Helsinki in the same car.
« Neeraj is a real one friendly person. We shared a car from Helsinki to Kuortane for four hours and talked a lot about javelin throwing, family and other things, « Vetter replied to a PTI request.
» I’m always interested in our cultures, ours Nations, how the sport goes in different countries and so on. We had good conversations and talked a lot. «
The 28-year-old cousin won in Kuortane with a huge throw of 93.59 m, while Chopra with 86, 79 m finished third.
For his part, Chopra said he enjoyed his time with Vetter in 2018 and last month.
« We had conversations about Indians and Indian food. My English is not great, but I have it managed to find out something about the sport, the tec hnik, our litters and all that, « said Chopra.
Cousin is in red-hot form and he’s the only man in the world who has thrown the 90m in the last 24 months.
In fact, he has done this 18 times, including a record series of seven competitions between April and June this year.
He even threatened the world record last year by throwing 97.76m in Silesia, Poland, to finish in second place World rankings of all time.
His litter was only 72 cm below the long-standing world record of 98.48 m of the Czech legend Jan Zelezny.
He may be in the shape of his life, but Vetter does not want to subside Put pressure on when he thinks of breaking the world record during the Olympics. Instead, he said winning gold in Tokyo was his priority.
« Not really (world record). Javelin throw is difficult, technique is very tough. Everything has to go together. The wind conditions have to be perfect, the ground has to be perfect and the technique.
« You have to think about all angles, speeds and so on. I know I’m in very good shape, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself. I just want to enjoy such a high level competition. «
» I just want to see how far it goes and just relax. My first priority this year is the Olympics, not the record. But you never know. «
When asked about the restrictions on the Tokyo Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, » I just focus on fitness and my performance. There will be a lot of restrictions on these Olympics Give games, but everyone will have to deal with this situation and try to be smart. «
The qualifying round for the men’s javelin will take place on August 4th at the Olympic Stadium, the final on August 7th
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« Clearly not the ideal scenario for my last competition before the Olympic Games, » tweeted Lavilleni. “I leave the clinic with an ‘encouraging’ verdict: no break, a major sprain. The countdown is running. »
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