Neeraj Chopra’s final at the 2022 World Championships in Athletics: How faster arm speed helps Neeraj Chopra throw farther
Through no fault of his own, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was forced to behave like a college student in a race against time. He had to go through the one-year program in about six months. The extended congratulations after his Olympic gold medal wasted valuable time preparing for the World Championships. Losing weight, regaining athletic form, building strength, regaining flexibility, starting throwing drills and polishing technique should be done step by step.
Rushed work is not advised in an injury-prone sport. Still, Chopra managed to pass with flying colors. A gold medal, a silver, a second place in the Diamond League and two broken national records have been on his report card since his return to competition at the Paavo Nurmi Games in June. Two throws over 89 yards this season and the third-best throw of the year make him a favorite at the World Championships in Eugene.
Lack of time also taught Chopra to prepare smartly. The 24-year-old says he’s not as strong as he was at the Tokyo Olympics. Improving arm speed and focusing on technique helped him achieve a contact distance of 90 yards. (READ MORE)