Neeraj Chopra looks to share the podium with fellow countryman Kishore Jena in Paris

Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra has expressed his desire to share the podium in Paris with Kishore Kumar Jena.

Neeraj Chopra in a file photo (Credits - Twitter)
By Soumya | Apr 17, 2024 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

With only 100 days left before the Paris Olympics 2024, the entire sporting world is waiting whether Indian Olympic superstar Neeraj Chopra deliver yet again on the big day. Preparing diligently at his training base in Turkey, Neeraj Chopra is ready to commence his Olympic title defence year. The Indian javelin thrower resembles a blend of calm confidence and an acknowledgement of the immense expectations that come with his status.

Chopra clinched the gold medal at the Asian Games last year while Jena won silver. The Olympic champion believes India can recreate that success at Paris 2024. However, the 26-year-old has different plans in his mind. Neeraj not only looks to recreate the historic feat in Paris after Tokyo but also looks to share the exploits with his fellow countryman Kishore Kumar Jena.

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Kishore Jena’s credentials as one of the world’s rising javelin throwers and his current form have made Neeraj Chopra believe that the two Indian athletes can share the podium at the Paris 2024 Olympics later this year.

When asked about the prospect of recreating Hangzhou magic in Paris, Neeraj Chopra said, “It would be a dream come true” if achieved. Chopra spoke to the media on Thursday. At the Tokyo Olympics javelin throw final, Chopra was the only Indian competing. This time, Kishore Jena is also expected to enter the fray after strong showings last season.

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“We already had two on the podium at the Asian Games but it would be even more satisfying if we had two at the Olympics. I think Jena will be working hard to make that happen. I think he will throw well there,” Neeraj Chopra added.

Neeraj Chopra also noted the improvement in Kishore Jena’s performances over the last few seasons. “Last year, he progressed well from the World Championships to the Asian Games. He’s made a lot of improvement while I’ve been stuck around 88m since 2018. Everyone keeps asking me about getting to 90m, but maybe Kishore will get to 90m before me.”

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