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‘Neeraj Chopra can spur on a generation’: Two-time Olympic champion Ashton Eaton

India’s Neeraj Chopra is at the moment the Olympic and World champion in javelin throw. Reuters

The 18th version of the Delhi Half Marathon celebrated among the Asian Video games champions on the “Beyond the Finish Line” occasion in New Delhi on Friday. Asian Video games Medallists HS Prannoy, Priti Lamba, Annu Rani, Kartik Kumar, Saurav Ghosal and Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar have been current on the occasion within the presence of Dronacharya Awardee Suma Shirur.

“Until 2018 things were going well. After that things started to go off, injuries and health issues derailed my progress. But that’s where support from a lot of people helped me, made me believe that it is not over, and understand that sport is like this. There will be tough patches, but you have to keep working hard. Post the Covid-19 pandemic, I decided to reboot and start afresh. All the work I had put in over the years, was paying off and the experience has taught me to manage my body,” stated HS Prannoy at “Beyond the Finish Line” occasion.

Asian Video games Gold Medallist Annu Rani, one of many quickest long-distance runners in Asia, Kartik Kumar, and the adorned veteran Saurav Ghosal spoke about their dedication and self-discipline, which helped them break a couple of glass ceilings.

“I fought with my federation to allow me to go and train overseas. However, I didn’t start the stint well, losing a series of competitions. But I was focused on winning the Asian Games, it was do or die for me, and eventually I was able to rise to the occasion in Hangzhou, and win against an Olympic and former World Champion. It was all down to the hard work and hours that had gone in before,” stated Annu Rani.

One other one that is aware of all about coming via the ranks as an athlete, with a good quantity of help from the system is the two-time Olympic champion Ashton Eaton. The American ace remains to be the one athlete to have crossed the 9000-point mark, twice, in a decathlon.

“It was Michael Johnson, who spurred on a generation with his golden spikes and wonderful performances, and Neeraj Chopra can definitely do that with Indian athletics, and sometimes that’s just what you need. Sport is about celebrating human potential and expressing what we are capable of. And we always want to get better, it’s about human potential and it’s about discovering the potential and sharing it with the world too,” stated Ashton Eaton.

In the meantime, Asian Video games Bronze Medallist Priti Lamba stated, “It was very important for me to win a Medal at the Asian Games. If I didn’t make it then it would’ve been the end of the road for me. I promised myself that I would give it my all, and then leave it to God. My father was in tears after I won the Medal and he told me that I have added 10 years to his life.”

The Past the End Line is a joint initiative by Procam Worldwide together with Empowerment Accomplice GoSports Basis. The night was hosted by sports activities historian and commentator Boria Majumdar. The glittering occasion was supported by Title Sponsor Vedanta and Affiliate Sponsor IDFC FIRST Financial institution, the Official Cooldown Companion Bira Mild, and Hospitality Accomplice Le Meridien.

The Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon might be flagged from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday, 15 October 2023.

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