In a recent media event, star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra made it clear that he would like to continue training with German coach Klaus Bartonietz, until the Paris 2024 Games. Chopra had started training with him in 2019, before the Indian was training with the legendary Uwe Hohn.
Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Neeraj Chopra has said that he would like to continue his association with German coach Klaus Bartonietz until the 2024 Paris Games.
During a discussion at the ‘India Today Conclave’, Chopra said: “Sometimes, I don’t like to be too serious during training sessions. Koi coach aise hote hey, danda pakadke pichhe khade hote hain (There are some coaches who stand with stick) But Mr. Klaus is different. “
“When we have to be serious and intense, we do it seriously, but sometimes he makes jokes during the sessions and that makes the training enjoyable.
“His training methods suit me and I have a great bond with him. I also want to continue training with him for the next Olympics.” Notably, Chopra has been training with the German since 2019, before which he was subjected to Uwe Hohn, who was fired by the AFI recently.
Chopra later revealed that he didn’t make many pitches before the competition, which perhaps worked to his advantage. “Most of the finalists came out an hour and a half to two hours before the final for the warm-up and were doing a lot of shots. But I did only two or three warm-up shots. I wanted to do my best during the actual competition and preserve the energy. The medal was in real competition only. My coach was looking for me and he told me why I didn’t have warm-up pitches, “he said.
“It was very hot in Tokyo that day and I told him that before the qualifying round (three days before) I did a lot of warm-up shots and that left me with less energy during the event itself.”
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