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Amazing Story of Neeraj Chopra: The Golden Boy of India

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When we say cricket or football, you come up with a hundred names. But what about if we ask about few names in 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. These talents emerge so bright that they make the people in this cricket-crazy nation take notice. 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 1st one to do so in Athletics events.

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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

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Neeraj Chopra Biography

Details
Full Name
Neeraj Chopra
Age
24 years
Gender
Male
Sport Category
Track and field
Event
Javelin throw
Date of Birth
December 24, 1997
Hometown
Panipat, Haryana
Height
178 c.m 6 ft.
Weight
86 kg
Coach
Uwe Hohn
Ranking
4
Achievement
Gold Medal at Tokyo Olympics 2020. Padma Shri. Arjuna Award for Athletics, Gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games & 2018 Asian Games. Holds the Indian national record of 88.07 m. 2016 World U20 champion Winner (Set the world under-20 record of 86.48 m). First Indian athlete to win a World title in Track and Field at U-20.
Networth
$10 Million (Approx)
Spouse
Unmarried
Parent
Father: Satish Kumar. Mother: Saroj Devi
Alma Mater
DAV College

Neeraj Chopra information

Neeraj Chopra Family

Neeraj’s father Satish Kumar is a farmer in a 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.


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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.

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He quickly took a liking for the sport and the rest, as they say, is history. Courtesy: His uncle. He decided to send Neeraj in 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.


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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.

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The Great Run of Neeraj Chopra

The man in the form took no time in becoming Asia’s best as he won the Asian Championships 2017, in Bhubaneswar, by throwing a distance of 85.23m. He also competed in the prestigious IAAF Diamond League Events for the first time in 2017 where he finished seventh.

But there comes a bad patch in every athlete’s life. 2017 was the one where he had a very disappointing outing. For a brief period in 2017, he struggled to better his personal best and be amongst the top ten Javelin throwers in the world.

After training under legendary Uwe Hohn (Neeraj Chopra Coach), Neeraj came back strong. He bagged the gold medal in Commonwealth Games 2018 with a throw of 86.47m. Then he threw his personal best of 87.43m in the Doha leg of Diamond League 2018. He won the Asian Games with an 88.06m throw, which was one of the best throws of the season.

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Asian Games memories #warmupthrow

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Neeraj Chopra Achievements

World Continental Cup

YearPlaceDisciplineMarkRank
2018Ostrava, the Czech RepublicJavelin Throw80.246

World U20 Championships

YearPlaceDisciplineMarkPlace
2016Bydgoszcz, PolandJavelin Throw86.481

Asian Championships

YearPlaceDisciplineMarkPlace
2017Bhubaneswar, IndiaJavelin Throw85.231

Asian Games

YearPlaceDisciplineMarkPlace
2018Jakarta, IndonesiaJavelin Throw88.061

Commonwealth Games

YearPlaceDisciplineMarkRank
2018Gold Coast, AustraliaJavelin Throw86.471

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Neeraj Chopra in Olympics

YearPlaceDisciplineMarkRank
2021Tokyo, JapanJavelin Throw87.581

Neeraj Chopra’s Current World Ranking

 
 
 
 
 
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Commonwealth games 2018 Gold Coast ?86.47m #javelin #nemethjavelins #nordicsport #nike #sweatmore

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DisciplinePlaceScore
Men’s Javelin Throw41320
Men’s Overall Ranking1071320

Who is the coach of Neeraj Chopra?

Neeraj Chopra receives coaching under the German legend Uwe Hohn. He is a retired German track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. He is the only athlete to throw a javelin 100 meters or more, with his world record of 104.80 meters.

A new javelin design was implemented in 1986 and the records had to be restarted, thus Hohn’s mark became an ‘eternal world record’. One can hope that the young talent goes one better than the guru himself.

Subedar Neeraj Chopra

India’s lone world record-holder athlete joined the Indian Army as Junior Commissioned Officer. The young talent once said,

“I accepted the job as I was desperately in need of a job to sustain my training. Nobody in my family has a government job, now I have received the one and now I can help my family financially.”  

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Interesting Facts About Neeraj Chopra

  • Neeraj weighed 77kg at the age of 13, his uncle was strict and asked him to join sports.
  • He is the second Indian athlete after Vikas Gowda to participate at the Diamond League event.
  • His passion for the javelin throw was fuelled by endless hours of watching every YouTube video of Jan Zelenzy, a retired track and field athlete from the Czech Republic.
  • With a busy practising schedule across India and abroad, Neeraj could attend regular school only up to Class IX and is now studying through the open school system.

Neeraj Chopra Awards

  • Gold medal at the National Junior Championships(under 16) in Lucknow in 2012.
  • Silver medal at the National Youth Championship in 2013.
  • 3 World junior record holding javelin thrower at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
  • Silver medal in 2016 Asian Junior Championships.
  • Gold medal in the 2017Asian Athletics Championship.
  • Gold glory for the champion in Asian Games in 2018.
  • The young prodigy is already felicitated with the Arjuna Award (2018).
  • He was also nominated for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
  • Padma Shri 2022
  • Gold in Tokyo Olympics 2020

Neeraj Chopra Net Worth

The 24-year-old Neeraj is currently in the fold of JSW Sports. He is also named a brand ambassador by sports drinks giant Gatorade in a partnership that runs up to 2021. Neeraj Chopra’s brand value increased over 1000% after the victory in Tokyo Olympics. Neeraj’s Olympic triumph made him India’s most valuable sports person surpassing legendary Virat Kohli. His current net worth is over $19 Million. Currently, he is endorsing companies like GoodDot, Mobil India, MuscleBlaze, TATA AIA Life Insurance, CRED, P&G, Amstrad AC and more.

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Social Media

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Great things comes with determination and lot of patience PC ? @bernhard.seifert

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Tonight was good night ??????????????thank you for dinner coach Terseus

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India’s Notable Olympic Dream

If there is one dream every sports enthusiast in India sees, it is of an Olympic medal in Athletics. The pain of Milkha Singh and PT Usha’s heartbreaks has stayed in hearts for a long. Only a medal at the Olympic games will cure this ache.

At a very young age, Neeraj has helped the nation conquer its dream of a gold medal in athletics. But is not the end, in fact, it’s the beginning of a new India, a new Neeraj Chopra.

This was the life and style of Neeraj Chopra, tell us what you feel and how you support this young champion and other Indian athletes.

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Interesting FAQ’s related to Neeraj Chopra

  • Neeraj Chopra cast

Neeraj belongs to the community of Rors, a Hindu community, from Haryana.

  • Neeraj Chopra Girlfriend

Neeraj Chopra has not opened up anything publicly about his personal life. Most of the time he is seen training on his social media accounts.

  • Neeraj Chopra Army unit

4 Rajputana Rifles

  • Neeraj Chopra rank in Army after olympics

After Neeraj’s Tokyo gold, he was assured of promotion to Subedar-Major.

  • Neeraj Chopra javelin throw distance Olympics 2021

87.58m

  • Neeraj Chopra best throw

Neeraj Chopra has a personal best throw of 88.07m metres.

  • Neeraj Chopra salary

Monthly Income: 25 Lakh +

  • Neeraj Chopra brand value

After the Tokyo Olympics gold medal, Neeraj saw a 1000% increase in his brand value.

  • Neeraj Chopra brand ambassador list

GoodDot, Mobil India, MuscleBlaze, TATA AIA Life Insurance, CRED, P&G, Amstrad AC.

  • Neeraj Chopra javelin weight

The men’s javelin weighs a minimum of 800 gm


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Akshay Badwe
The God taught me to love everybody but the most ones I learned to love are the athletes. Desire, determination and discipline takes me to a great deal of love towards sports. One can call me an avid sport maniac because I love to pen down some glorious content on sports. Being from journalism background with experience in media from couple of years I would like to keep this legacy going and now joining Kreedon gives me one more platform to explore the new world. I am always up to have a word on sports with a coffee.

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