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When Neeraj Chopra sprinted in and flung that javelin as far as he could, he was not only throwing an ancient weapon of war. He was also taking hold of our anxieties and using his considerable skill to release the tensions we had not found a way to let go of. When Chopra won gold at the Olympics, the glory was all his. But the sense of achievement and well-being was something we vicariously shared.

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