Javelin thrower and Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra recently made the whole country proud by breaking his national record while competing in the Diamond League in Stockholm, Sweden.
For the second time in a month, the winner of the Tokyo Olympics broke his personal best in the Stockholm Diamond League. Neeraj won a silver medal in the event with a career-best throw of 89.94 meters.
And now he has won the hearts of the people again by touching the feet of an elderly man who came to congratulate him. A video of his heartwarming gesture is going viral on social media, where Mr Chopra interacts and clicks photos with a group of fans in Stockholm. An elderly man was part of that group and as soon as he congratulated the Tokyo Olympic champion, he responded by touching his feet.
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He also told his Indian admirers that he has to leave because his bus is waiting for him. The older man is heard encouraging Neeraj that he will reach the 90 meters on his next outing.
“Agli baar 90 se uppar jaayega (next time throw more than 90 meters for sure),” said the man.
The clip has been widely shared on Twitter showing people wishing Mr. Chopra the best of luck for his future, to which he politely responds saying “Dhanyawad (thank you)”.
The post has garnered several comments and has received over 2 lakh views and over 11,000 likes on Twitter. Users can rate his gesture in the comments section of the post.
“Niraj also makes us proud of him on and off the pitch… may he remain grounded,” one user wrote.
While another simply said, “Respect.”
A third wrote: “Such a humble man.”
Neeraj Chopra is only the second Indian to finish in the top three in a Diamond League match after discus thrower Vikas Gowda.
Gowda, a 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medalist who retired in 2017, achieved four top three finishes in Diamond League events during his career. He had placed second in New York in 2012 and Doha in 2014, and third in Shanghai and Eugene in 2015.
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