Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Neeraj Chopra fulfils his dream, takes parents on their first flight
Neeraj Chopra may be on top of the world after a record-breaking gold medal win at the Tokyo Olympics, but the 23-year-old remains grounded and humble. The ace javelin thrower has been the talk of the town ever since his historic medal win for India last month, becoming the first Indian track and field athlete to win a gold at the Summer Games. Now, the Harayana-born achieved a small dream of his, and his joy knew no bounds.
Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Neeraj Chopra took his parents on their first flight and the javelin thrower expressed his happiness in making his parents happy. “A small dream of mine came true today as I was able to take my parents on their first flight,” tweeted Chopra. In the pictures, Chopra could be seen beaming with joy as his parents boarded the flight, and added that he will always be thankful for everyone’s wishes that have made it possible for him to achieve his little dream.
A small dream of mine came true today as I was able to take my parents on their first flight.
आज जिंदगी का एक सपना पूरा हुआ जब अपने मां – पापा को पहली बार फ्लाइट पर बैठा पाया। सभी की दुआ और आशिर्वाद के लिए हमेशा आभारी रहूंगा 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/Kmn5iRhvUf
— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) September 11, 2021
Neeraj Chopra has been off training since his win at Tokyo and decided to cut short his 2021 season with an eye on returning next year. “Firstly, I want to thank everyone for the love and affection I have received since I came back from Tokyo. I have honestly been overwhelmed by the support from across the country and beyond, and am short of words to express my gratitude to you all,” Neeraj wrote in an Instagram post.
He added, “The packed schedule of travel and a bout of illness has meant I have not been able to resume training since Tokyo and therefore, along with my team, have decided to cut short by 2021 competition season to be able to take some time off, recharge and come back stronger for a packed 2022 calendar which includes the World Championships, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.”
Neeraj Chopra threw 87.02 metres in his first attempt but bettered his record in the second essay with a distance of 87.58m in the mega event to pick the gold at Tokyo Olympics. His was the only top podium spot for India at the Olympics, with the Indian contingent bringing in two silver and four more bronze medals home