Neeraj Chopra 2022 World Athletics Final: How faster arm speed helps Neeraj Chopra throw further
Through no fault of his own, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was forced to behave like a student in a race against time. He had to rush through the annual syllabus in about six months. The extended congratulations on the Olympic gold deprived him of valuable time to prepare for the World Championships. Losing weight, regaining athletic condition, building strength, regaining flexibility, starting to practice throwing, and improving technique must be done one step at a time.
Hasty work is not recommended in an injury-prone sport. Despite this, Chopra managed to pass with distinction. Since returning to competition at the June Games, Paavo Nurmi has gold, silver, second place in the Diamond League and breaking the national record twice. Two 89-meter-plus throws this season and the third-best throw of the year make him the favorite for the World Championships in Eugene.
The lack of time also taught Chopra to prepare smartly. The 24-year-old says he is not as strong as he was at the Tokyo Olympics. Improved arm speed and a focus on technique helped him reach a touchdown distance of 90 yards. (READ MORE)
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