Subedar Neeraj Chopra gold medal for India at the Olympics.(born 24 December 1997) is an Indian javelin thrower, and Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) in the Indian Army. As of 7 August 2021, he has collected six gold medals in major tournaments across the world. He is the reigning Olympic Champion, and the first track and field athlete to win a
In the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships, Chopra set the world under-20 record of 86.48 m. He is the first Indian athlete to ever win a World title in Track and Field at U-20. Chopra was also selected as the flag-bearer at the opening ceremony for India at the 2018 Asian Games, which marked his first Asian Games appearance. He scored a gold-medal winning throw (88.06m) at the 2018 Asian Games and 2018 Commonwealth Games. Chopra won the gold medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics with a throw of 87.58m. He is one of the only two Indians to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics.
Neeraj Chopra is from Khandra village, Panipat district, Haryana. He was educated at DAV College, Chandigarh. As an early teen, Chopra was full of mischief, and his father persuaded him to grow out of it by having him take up running instead. His uncle took him to the nearby Shivaji Stadium at Panchkula and introduced him to the sport of javelin throw. He is currently pursuing Bachelor of Arts from Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar, Punjab.
In 2016, he was appointed a Junior Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army with the rank of Naib Subedar.
Neeraj won a gold medal at the 2016 South Asian Games with a throw of 84.23 m, where he equalled the Indian national record.
He won a gold medal in 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He also set a world junior record. Despite these performances, he failed to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics as the cut off date was 11 July.
Neeraj won another gold medal in Asian Athletic championships 2017 with a throw of 85.23 meters.
Neeraj Chopra registered a season best effort of 86.47 meters in men’s javelin throw at 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG). With that, Chopra not only joined an elite list of Indian athletes to win a gold medal on their Commonwealth Games debut, but also became the first Indian to triumph in Javelin Throw at CWG.
In May 2018, he again broke the national record at the Doha Diamond League with a throw of 87.43 meters.
The 22-year-old Chopra is the only track and field athlete to be recommended by the AFI for the country’s highest sports award in the year 2018. Neeraj Chopra has already been conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2018 after winning a gold in the Gold Coast Commonwealth.
He is currently being coached by German bio-mechanics expert Klaus Bartonietz. Previously, he has been coached by Gary Calvert, Werner Daniels and Uwe Hohn.
He made his debut appearance at the Asian Games representing India at the 2018 Asian Games and was also chosen as the flag-bearer for Indian contingent during the 2018 Asian Games Parade of Nations. On 27 August 2018, Neeraj threw a distance of 88.06 m to win gold in the Men’s javelin throw at the 2018 Asian Games and set a new Indian national record, bettering his own previous record. He won the gold medal in Tokyo 2021 Olympics and made India proud. On 5 March 2021, Neeraj Chopra again broke his past National Record setting the new at 88.07m, with a World Leading position in 2021. It was also India’s first gold medal in javelin throw at the Asian Games.
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra opened his international season of 2021 with a throw of 83.18 metres that earned him javelin gold medal at an event in Lisbon, Portugal.
2020 Tokyo Olympics