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‘So down to earth’: video of Neeraj Chopra touching an elderly fan’s feet wins the internet

Although Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra missed the top spot at the prestigious Stockholm Diamond League just by a whisker, he still won many hearts. Not just for breaking the national record for the second time in a month, but for his humility.

In a video winning hearts online, the gold medalist of the Tokyo Olympics is seen as greeted by fans outside the stadium. Because he is obliged to take a picture with them, even though he is in a hurry, he greets everyone politely. Towards the end, he shakes hands before leaving, but when he sees an older fan, he pays respect by touching his feet.

He quickly sprints away, explains that a car is waiting for him and thanks everyone for their support and love. A video posted by one of the fans has swooned online. “So sober this person @Neeraj_chopra1,” wrote Twitter user @ijnani, who shared the video online. “Has been blessed by an older fan. That speaks volumes,” the user added lovingly and praising the 24-year-old athlete.

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People on social media were just as moved by his gesture as those who met him in person. A few users emphasized how it came naturally to him to show respect to seniors, calling it a part of Indian culture. Others were impressed that even when he breaks new records and makes new records every month, his behavior has not changed, claiming that this is a sign of a real star.

The Olympian finished second behind world champion Anderson Peters, but other than the national record, Chopra’s result in Stockholm is impressive as it marked the first time he finished in the top three in a Diamond League event.

In his season opener at the Paavo Nurmi Games in June, Chopra had rewritten his own record with a throw of 89.3 meters. Later on Friday, Chopra’s 89.94 meters was also a record, but Peters improved it in the third round by 90.31 meters to win the tournament. After his stellar performance in Stockholm, he is getting ready to represent India and win a medal at the World Championships in Eugene later this month.

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