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Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Neeraj Chopra returns to training with 'same hunger and desire as before'

India Today logo India Today 20-10-2021 India Today Web Desk

Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Neeraj Chopra returned to training on track and field, barely two months after ending his season early after his historic performance in the javelin finals at the Summer Games.

Neeraj Chopra made history on August 7 this year when he became India's second individual gold medalist after Abhinav Bindra with a record-breaking javelin throw of 87.58m in the final event.

The 23-year-old returned home to a hero's welcome and then announced his decision to end the 2021 season early due to a packed schedule and illness.

Chopra made his return to the track earlier this week with the "same hunger and desire as before".

"Returned to training this week with the same hunger and desire as before. A #throwback to the beginning of the last Olympic cycle is a good place to start! Thank you to everyone for your messages of support," Chopra wrote in a heartfelt post on Instagram.

Neeraj Chopra is the first athlete from independent India to win a gold medal in athletics. Neeraj has been a hot property ever since the Tokyo Olympics with the javelin star ending his 2021 season early.

Having begun training already for future tournaments, Neeraj is basking in the euphoria that surrounds him in the country.

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