Neeraj Chopra Biography: India is famous for its prolific cricketers, hockey players, badminton players, and shooters. However, its track and field athletes have barely made a big mark on the sport at the international level.
However, Neeraj Chopra a sensational Panipat-born javelin thrower is changing all that.
Neeraj Chopra is a field and track athlete who has made a considerable effect on the sport on an international scale. Let’s take a glimpse at this excellent athlete’s life and career.
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Neeraj Chopra Biography
Neeraj Chopra was born on December 24, 1997, in Khandra Village, Panipat, Haryana. He is 23 years old. Neeraj won the IAAF World U20 Championships, in 2016, in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Neeraj secured a junior world record in his competition, which progressed him to mention and fame among Indian sports fans.
He gave attention to javelin’s throw when saw Jaiveer Choudhary practicing Javelin Throw at the Panipat arena. He would routinely visit Panipat arena to deal with his wellness and get more fit as he was fat and plump. Much to his dismay about the lance toss until he gave his hands a shot the game. Hdevelopsity was spotted by the seniors at the stadium and motivated him to approach the game seriously.
Neeraj had confronted trouble in going from his home to the stadium because of the absence of a public vehicle in his town, all things being equal, he would take lifts from the passing vehicles for a 16-17 kilometers excursion to arrive at the preparation ground. He later moved his base to the Athletics Nursery at the Taluka Devi Lal Arena in Panchkula in light of the absence of a legitimate framework in the Panipat Stadium.
He joined the Indian Army in 2016 and is presently serving as Junior Commissioned Officer with the grade of Naib Subedar. He is a graduate of DAV College in Chandigarh, Punjab.
Neeraj Chopra Achievements
At the 2013 World Youth Championships, Neeraj Chopra made his international debut for India. In which he completed 19th in the qualification round held at Donetsk in Ukraine. Neeraj completed 9th in the final at the 2015 Asian Championships of the javelin throw game in Wuhan, China.
He won a Silver medal in the javelin throw in 2016 at the Asian Junior Championships. After that year, Neeraj grabbed the limelight when he marked the world junior record by throwing 86.48m and grabbed the Gold medal at the World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Neeraj achieved the Gold medal by throwing 85.23m at the 2017 Asian Championships, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. In a similar year, Neeraj fought at the World Athletics Championships in London but didn’t win any medals as he completed 15th in the qualification round.
In 2018, he grabbed the Gold medal at the Commonwealth Games performed at Gold Coast in Australia, and thus came to be the first Indian javelin thrower to achieve the feat at the Commonwealth Games. At the 2018 Asian Games, he smashed his national record of 86.48m by throwing 88.06m and earned the Gold medal in the javelin throw in Jakarta, Indonesia.
In January 2020, he reserved his Olympics berth in Javelin Throw at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics after he knocked 87.86m at the Athletics Central North East clenched in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
This time, Neeraj Chopra make India proud and became the 2nd Indian to win an individual gold in the Olympics, out-playing out the field by a serious distance to score up the principal Olympic-style sports Games award for the country. Neeraj delivered the 2nd throw of 87.58m in the finals to amaze the athletics world and make India proud. Chopra won the nation’s 7th medal and first gold in Tokyo Olympic 2020.