Neeraj, who has a personal best of 88.07 meters, clinched the historic gold with a throw of 87.58 meters on his second attempt at the Tokyo Games.
The Olympic record stands at 90.57 m set by Andreas Thorkildsen at Beijing 2008 and Neeraj said it would be great to add one more feather to his cap.
“An Olympic gold medal is the ultimate. But in athletics, you can add something else to your gold medal: an Olympic record,” said the 23-year-old during his maiden trip to Kolkata after becoming the first Indian to win. . an Olympic gold in athletics.
“I have the national record of 88.07 meters, while the Olympic record is 90.57. If I can take one more step, it would be an Olympic gold with a personal best and an Olympic record,” he said of his goal.
Neeraj is here on a two-day visit for a private congratulations program, as he was honored by the Kolkata police.
“I meet new people every day, I attend so many functions. The biggest change I see is for the Olympic sport. I always knew it would be a different atmosphere when I get home,” he said.
“It is a great thing that people are now enthusiastically following Olympic sports. I hope Indian sports reach greater heights.”
Having decided to end the 2021 season due to a “tight schedule”, Neeraj said he has three major events: World Championships, Commonwealth Championships and Diamond League – lined up next year.
“I will start training soon, and then I will focus on my real work,” he concluded.
The javelin champion was previously congratulated by West Bengal MOS for sports and youth affairs. Manoj Tiwary.
Already the toast of the nation, Neeraj’s golden feat will undoubtedly be a highly celebrated theme during Durga Puja as he was invited to attend the largest festival in the state next month.