Star Indian javelin thrower Neraj Chopra withdrew from a top-level race in Switzerland on Tuesday due to fatigue.
Chopra was to compete in the Spitzen Leichtathletik event in Lucerne, a world silver medal continental athletics competition featuring favorites of Olympic gold medalist Johannes Veter of Germany and some other top javelin throwers.
Chopra had competed in three events – in Portugal, Sweden and Finland – since June 10, and this race in Lucerne would be his fourth in nearly three weeks.
Of course, Chopra’s withdrawal was a precaution to give his body enough time to rest after many trips, although he entered his name for the top-class race.
He is accompanied by biomechanics expert Dr. Klaus Bartoniec and physiotherapist Isaan Maruaha. The 23-year-old will now continue training in Uppsala, Sweden, and is expected to play in the Gateshead Diamond League on July 13. This would be Chopra’s biggest event before the Olympic Games, which open on July 23.
In addition to Vetter, people like Andreas Hofmann (Germany), Keshorn Walcott (Trinidad and Tobago) and Bernhard Seifert (Germany), all of whom are above Chopra on the Road to Tokyo list, were lined up for the event.
Chopra won bronze at the Quartan Games in Finland on Saturday last year with an effort of 86.79m, behind the season leader and 2017 world champion Wind (93.59m) and gold medalist at the 2012 Olympics and bronze winner of Walcott (89.12 m).
It was Chopra’s third best performance this season after rewriting his own national record during the Indian Grand Prix 3 with a throw of 88.07m in March at NIS Patiala. A few days later, he threw 87.80m during the Federation Cup at the same venue.
In his previous two races in Europe, Chopra had made the best effort of 83.18m to win an event in Lisbon, Portugal on June 10th, before having a less than 80.96m performance at the Karlstad Grand Prix. in Sweden on 22 June.
The 23-year-old current champion of the Asian Games and the British Community Games qualified for the Tokyo Olympics last January in South Africa.