Neeraj Chopra, Indian Athletics who wins historic gold for India at Tokyo Olympics
Subedar Neeraj Chopra is known as Neeraj Chopra. He is an Indian track and field athlete. He is a Junior Commissioned Officer in Indian Army who competes in the javelin throw.
Neeraj Chopra pitched the javelin at 88.07m to break his own national record. In 2018 Asian Games and 2018 Commonwealth Games his best throw was the 88.06m gold-medal winning throw.
Neeraj was selected at the opening ceremony for India at the 2018 Asian Games as the flag-bearer, which marked his first Asian Games appearance.
He set the world under-20 record of 86.48 m and the 2016 World U20 champion. Neeraj is the first Indian athlete to win a World title in Track and Field at U-20.
His 87.86m throw at his first competition after an elbow injury guaranteed a ticket to Tokyo. Then he qualified in the qualification round with 85.32m throw & because of that, he marched to the finals.
In 2020 summer Olympics, he bought the first Gold Medal. He was the second to win the gold for India in any individual games after Abhinav Bindra.
Early & Personal Life:
Neeraj was born on 24th December 1997 in Khandra village, Panipat, Haryana, India. His father’s name is Satish Kumar & Mother’s name is Saroj Devi.
His mother is a homemaker and father is a farmer. He is having two sisters. He obtained his graduation degree from DAV College, Chandigarh. He developed an interest in Javelin at the tender age of 11.
In 2016, he appointed in Indian Army as a Junior Commissioned Officer with the rank of Naib Subedar. He donated Rs. 2 Lakh in PM Cares Fund for COVID-19 pandemic on 31st March 2020.
On 7th August 2021, he won a gold medal in Tokyo Olympics. He also won a gold medal at 2016 South Asian Games. In 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, also he won a gold medal.
He set a world junior record. In Asian Athletic championships 2017, he again won gold for India. In 2018, Neeraj registered a season best effort of 86.47 meters in men’s javelin throw at Commonwealth games.
With his best effort of 86.47m, he became the first Indian to triumph in Javelin Throw at CWG. In the year 2018, at Doha Diamond League.
He broke the national record with a throw of 87.43m, he is the only track and field athlete recommended by the AFI for the country’s highest sports award.
Neeraj received the Arjuna Award after winning gold in the Gold Coast Commonwealth in 2018. German biomechanics expert Klaus Bartonietz is his coach recently.
Previously Gary Calvert, Werner Daniels and Uwe Hohn were his coach. He won gold in Men’s javelin throw at the 2018 Asian Games on 27th August 2018.
Wins historic gold for India at Tokyo Olympics
In that, he set a new Indian national record, bettering his own previous record. He qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics’ Final in Men’s javelin throw on 4th August 2021. On 7th August 2021, he won the Gold-Medal for Men’s Javelin throw.
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