A historical past-scripting Olympic gold medal in his pocket, star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra had rewritten athletics historical past for India at the Tokyo Olympics. Excessive-jumper Tejaswin Shankar is one of Chopra’s closest buddy and in most cases roommate for the interval of primary events cherish 2018 Commonwealth Video games.
Chopra, who clinched the country’s maiden athletics medal to become simplest the 2d Indian to agree with a particular person gold within the Olympics, went for a file while making an strive for the Video games file (90.57m) on Saturday (August 7) nonetheless couldn’t enact it. The Olympics is the grandest stage for any athlete and might well seemingly maybe even be intimidating nonetheless no longer for Chopra, who mentioned he did no longer receive any strain and changed into going about his job merely cherish he does at any other global tournament.
“He is terribly different from us. Factor in he has won India’s first-ever athletics medal nonetheless he’s telling me that he’s feeling heinous for (Johannes) Vetter. He’s a form of other folks who can by no contrivance dispute no to you when you’re his buddy,” Shankar wrote in a column for Indian Insist newspaper.
“I bear in mind him telling me once that a lot of other folks had borrowed money from him and that he’s no longer even cared to develop a relate or an inventory. I in fact feel he’s too good for his agree with objective,” the Delhi-born excessive-jumper added.
Shankar hilariously recounted a time when he shared a room with Chopra for two weeks in Bengaluru. “We even shared a room for 15 days in Bangalore. If truth be told, he might well seemingly maybe be an Olympic champion now nonetheless I gentle apprehension sharing a room with him. He’s a little bit of disorganised. Once you happen to enter his room, you’ll procure his garments drying on the mattress or his socks within the heart of the room. I didn’t dispute anything else to him which capacity of sharing a room with Neeraj changed into a gargantuan thing for me.
“We bonded over fried rice and matka kulfi for the next fortnight. Basically the most provocative boys’ talk we had changed into about video video games. He changed into loopy about Mini Militia then and now he’s into PubG. I’ll interrogate him if has a girlfriend when I meet him subsequent time,” Shankar wrote.
Tejaswin, who performed 6th at the 2018 Commonwealth Video games, changed into inspired by his buddy Neeraj Chopra’s performance at the Tokyo Oympics and has already articulate his sights on the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“The 2d Neeraj sealed the gold, I had a journey of adrenaline and, assume it or no longer, I went down on the floor and did 20 push-ups. I changed into so pumped up that Paris 2024 changed into already working in my solutions,” Shankar added.