A history-scripting Olympic gold medal in his pocket, star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra had rewritten athletics historical past for India on the Tokyo Olympics. High-jumper Tejaswin Shankar is considered one of Chopra’s closest friend and generally roommate throughout main occasions like 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Chopra, who clinched the nation’s maiden athletics medal to develop into solely the second Indian to win a person gold within the Olympics, went for a report whereas making an attempt for the Games report (90.57m) on Saturday (August 7) however couldn’t accomplish it. The Olympics is the grandest stage for any athlete and might be intimidating however not for Chopra, who mentioned he didn’t take any stress and was going about his job identical to he does at every other worldwide occasion.
“He is very different from us. Imagine he has won India’s first-ever athletics medal but he’s telling me that he’s feeling bad for (Johannes) Vetter. He’s one of those persons who can never say no to you if you’re his friend,” Shankar wrote in a column for Indian Express newspaper.
“I remember him telling me once that a lot of people had borrowed money from him and that he’s not even cared to make a note or a list. I honestly feel he’s too nice for his own good,” the Delhi-born high-jumper added.
Shankar hilariously recounted a time when he shared a room with Chopra for 2 weeks in Bengaluru. “We even shared a room for 15 days in Bangalore. Honestly, he could also be an Olympic champion now however I nonetheless dread sharing a room with him. He’s a bit disorganised. If you enter his room, you’ll discover his garments drying on the mattress or his socks in the midst of the room. I didn’t say something to him as a result of sharing a room with Neeraj was an enormous factor for me.
“We bonded over fried rice and matka kulfi for the next fortnight. The only boys’ talk we had was about video games. He was crazy about Mini Militia then and now he’s into PubG. I’ll ask him if has a girlfriend when I meet him next time,” Shankar wrote.
Tejaswin, who completed sixth on the 2018 Commonwealth Games, was impressed by his friend Neeraj Chopra’s efficiency on the Tokyo Oympics and has already set his sights on the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“The moment Neeraj sealed the gold, I had a rush of adrenaline and, believe it or not, I went down on the floor and did 20 push-ups. I was so pumped up that Paris 2024 was already running in my mind,” Shankar added.
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