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When we say cricket or football, you come up with a hundred names. But what about if we ask about a few names in the javelin throw? Scratch your head! To sum up, quickly we can say that India is not an ‘athletic nation’. There is only a handful of talent in the country of 130 crores who dream of winning the medal on the international stage. One such young prodigy is Neeraj Chopra. In 2016, Chopra became the first Indian athlete to have a world record against his name when he won gold at the U-20 World Championships in Poland. He has joined the league of legends by winning both the Commonwealth and Asiad golds, only the second Indian athlete to do so after Milkha Singh in 1958. But his life’s biggest turnaround came up in Tokyo 2020. Neeraj Chopra became the 2nd Indian to win an individual gold for the country in the Olympics and the 1st one to do so in Athletics events. In 2022, Neeraj Chopra won the Zurich Diamond League Final 2022 with an 88.44m throw. He subsequently clinched the first gold for India at the 2023 World Athletics Championships.
- Long-haired, charismatic, and virile, Neeraj Chopra catches attention at first sight. His journey is no small wonder. Let’s find out. Neeraj Chopra Timeline
About Neeraj Chopra
|24 December 1997
|Place of Birth
|Khandra, Haryana, India
|1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
|DAV College, Chandigarh
|Track and field
|Highest world ranking
|1 (achieved on 11 May 2023)
|Uwe Hohn, Klaus Bartonietz
|World Championship Finals
|Gold (2023)- Budapest, Silver (2022)- Eugene
|Gold (2018)- Gold Coast
|Gold (2020)- Tokyo
|NR 89.94 m (2022)
Neeraj Chopra Family
Neeraj’s father Satish Kumar is a farmer in the tiny village of Khandra in Panipat, Haryana. His mother, Saroj Devi, is a housewife and he has two sisters. Neeraj developed an interest in Javelin at the tender age of 11 after keeping an eye on Jaiveer (Jai Choudhary) who used to practice at the Panipat Stadium. Jaiveer is a javelin athlete who represented Haryana.
Dollops of fresh cream and choorma, a fat-friendly mix of roti, ghee, and sugar, fed by a doting grandmother meant Neeraj stepped into his teens chubby and flabby. Weighing 80 kg when he was only 11, Neeraj’s introduction to the javelin happened by chance during his visits to the Panipat Stadium in his bid to lose weight.
He quickly took a liking for the sport and the rest, as they say, is history. Courtesy: His uncle. He decided to send Neeraj to sports. When he grew up watching athletes playing javelin throw Neeraj decided to take the game to the next level. In 2014, Neeraj bought his first Javelin worth Rs 7000. Later at the international level, he purchased a javelin worth Rs 1 lakh in the national camp he attended.
Neeraj Chopra: The Golden Boy of India
A country with such a mediocre history in athletics, suddenly woke up one morning, in 2016, when the news of a 19-year-old Indian Javelin thrower creating a world record flashed on social media and television. He threw the Javelin to a distance of 86.48m to win the World U-20 Championships, in Poland. This was a Junior World Record throw.