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Love At 1st Flight: Indian Javelin Thrower Inspiring Nation

Gold medalist Neeraj Chopra, of India, poses during the medal ceremony for the men's javelin throw at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in Tokyo. In India, there's a wave of kids picking up the javelin. They all want to be the next Neeraj Chopra, who became the country's first Olympic champion in track and field during the Tokyo Games. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
Gold medalist Neeraj Chopra, of India, poses during the medal ceremony for the men's javelin throw at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in Tokyo. In India, there's a wave of kids picking up the javelin. They all want to be the next Neeraj Chopra, who became the country's first Olympic champion in track and field during the Tokyo Games. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Eugene, Ore. (AP) -- There was no grand plan that launched Neeraj Chopra on the path to becoming an Olympic champion javelin thrower, only a simple suggestion.

Pudgy and pampered — his description — as a kid growing up in the northern part of India, Chopra's uncle suggested one day that he head out to a nearby stadium to get some exercise.