Neeraj Chopra touches the feet of an old fan, and Twitter applauds the Olympic winner for his “down-to-earth” character

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Published by Aakash Khuman on 02 Jul 2022

Neeraj Chopra, the Olympic gold medalist in javelin throwing from Tokyo, has made a strong start to the new season. He just set a new national record to secure his first top-3 result in the renowned Diamond League.

The 24-year-old stunned everyone with a remarkable throw of 89.94m on his first try, breaking his previous national record of 89.30m.

Neeraj Chopra missed the 90m threshold by a hair, as Grenada’s Anderson Peters won the top spot on the podium with a throw that clocked 90.31m on his third try of the evening. Chopra had previously defeated top-seeded Anderson Peters at the Kurotone Games in Finland when the Indian won the gold medal. Peters also came in third place at the Paavo Nurmi Games.

While Neeraj Chopra is capturing hearts with his outstanding performance, a new video circulating on social media has compelled many to praise the javelin thrower for being a gentleman off the field.

After interacting with his followers, Neeraj Chopra can be seen in the viral video accepting blessings from an elderly devotee by caressing his feet. The video shows Neeraj making time for his followers who have asked for photos, and the Olympic champion complies humbly. Following that, he shakes hands with folks to say farewell and bows down to bless the feet of an older gentleman.

The video was uploaded on Twitter with the caption, “So down to earth this person, @Neeraj_chopra1. took a blessing from an elderly fan. That speaks volumes. “Love you.” In a couple of hours, the video has garnered over 4K likes on Twitter, and users are applauding the javelin thrower for his simplicity.

Earlier, Indian Sports Minister Anurag Thakur praised Neeraj Chopra for his amazing performance at the Diamond League, sharing an appreciation tweet from his Twitter profile. He stated, “Olympic Champion @Neeraj_chopra1 sets the new National Record and Personal Best at 2022 #StockholmDL with a throw of 89.94m, finishing 2nd Take a look at the record-breaking throw! “

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