The javelin throw is a track and field event played in the Olympics where a spear about 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) in length called Javelin is thrown. Javelin throw origin can be traced since ancient times. However, back then, it was more of a means of hunting than sports. India’s connection with Javelin throw also has been an old one. The quality and performance of Indian Javelin Throwers is on the rise in recent years. This is evident from the increase in the medal tally in various global championships. Through the years, India has nurtured some really talented Javelin Throwers. Here’s a list of 5 most talented Indian Javelin Thrower of all time.
Neeraj Chopra is the poster boy of India when it comes to Javelin Throw or even athletics in general. He was born on 24 December 1997 in the Panipat district of Haryana. He took the world by surprise winning a gold medal in the 2016 IAAF World U20 champion and setting the world junior record of 86.48 m at the U20 championships. In 2017, Neeraj won another gold medal in the Asian Athletic championships with a throw of 85.23 meters. Chopra then joined the elite list of athletes to win a gold medal in his first Commonwealth games appearance. Following these stellar performances, he became the first Indian athlete to win the gold medal in Javelin Throw in the Asian Games, setting the national record of 88.06 m.