Whenever P.T. Usha saw javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra at the 2016 under-20 Worlds in Poland, she was reminded of her running days.
“Even when he was walking about somewhere, I remember he used to keep trying out throws as if he carried an imaginary javelin,” said Usha, who was in Poland with her trainee Jisna Mathew then, told Sportstar on Tuesday.
“I used to do that often when I was young…if I saw a hurdle anywhere or even a stone on the road, I would run and try to clear it.
“Neeraj looked so strong and confident then. And when he won the junior Worlds gold with a world record, I felt that he would go far.”
Usha, who narrowly missed winning an Olympic medal in the 400m hurdles in 1984 at Los Angeles, felt that Neeraj would end India’s long wait for its…