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Not just Neeraj Chopra, India can pin hopes on steeplechase athlete for medal at Olympics

Not just Neeraj Chopra, India can pin hopes on steeplechase athlete for medal at Olympics

Parul Chaudhary had won a gold in steeplechase event, and a silver in 5000m at the Asian Games 2023.

With the Paris Olympics approaching, once again, all eyes are set on Neeraj Chopra to deliver a gold for Team India. But the million-dollar question is, can the country produce the goods, in other track & field disciplines as well? The Athletics Federation of India vice-president Anju Bobby George feels, yes.

Watch Out for Parul Chaudhary

Anju went on to pin hopes on steeplechase runner Parul Chaudhary, who had surprise everyone with her gold medal at the Asian Games 2023. “A bunch of athletes are performing really well in the international arena from athletics. We are aiming for three (medals) in javelin,” she told PTI Video on the sidelines of Bharat Sports Science Conclave in New Delhi on Wednesday.

“Then we have long jumpers, we have triple jumpers, steeplechase runner Parul Chaudhary is among the ones to watch out for but a lot cannot be predicted about the Olympics,” she added.

Role of Technology

Anju is also chuffed with the way, technology has improved the athletes’ performance over the years. “A game-changer I can say, nothing was like this in our time, the changes that are happening in Indian sports, and sports science is playing a big role in every athlete’s career.

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“Every athlete is challenging his body, he needs recovery and treatment, and it was not there in India (in the past), but now we are aiming for the Olympics. We are talking about sports science, doping issues, recovery and training, so it is a game changer I can say,” she said.

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