Neeraj Chopra: India’s Star Javelin Thrower

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India's star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra
India’s star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra

India’s star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra created history by winning the gold medal at the World Athletics Championships. Neeraj Chopra became the only athlete from India to win Olympic and World Gold medals. Neeraj Chopra’s life is like a movie story. Born in a simple family, made fun of obesity in childhood, but the spirit was such that despite the lack of facilities, it stung globally.

Profile of Neeraj Chopra

Neeraj Chopra was born on 24 December 1997 in Khandra village in Panipat, Haryana. Chopra’s family’s earning was on the basis of agriculture. Neeraj has two sisters. Neeraj Chopra completed his graduation from Dayanand Anglo Vedic College in Chandigarh. He is also pursuing BA course from Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar, Punjab.

Neeraj Chopra was very fat in his childhood. Because of this he used to make fun of a lot. His father sent him to the gym in Madlauda and later he went to Panipat. Jaiveer Chowdhary recognized Neeraj Chopra’s javelin throwing talent when he used to visit Panipat Sports Authority. He is also the first coach of Neeraj.

Career of Neeraj Chopra

Neeraj Chopra started making a mark in the world of Javelin very early on. He won gold in the 2016 IAAF World Under-20 Championships. Made a record in Poland under-20 and became the first Indian athlete to achieve this honour. Even after this, his charm continued. Chopra won titles at the 2017 Asian Championships and 2018 Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.

After creating history by winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics, Neeraj Chopra achieved another big feat. He won the silver medal in 2022 WAC. This was India’s first medal since Anju Bobby George in 2003 at the World Championships.

Neeraj Chopra in the Indian Army

The Indian Army was impressed by Neeraj Chopra’s performance in the South Asian Games. Chopra was given the job of Junior Commissioned Officer in Rajputana Rifles in Aami. Neeraj Chopra was given the rank of Naib Subedar, which is not easily available to athletes. Chopra was inducted into the Army in 2016 as a JCO and then given leave for training.

Where did Neeraj Chopra win Gold Medal

2016: World Under-20 Championships, Poland – 86.48m, Gold
2018: Sotteville Athletics Meet in France, 85.17m, Gold
2018: Savo Games, Finland, 85.6 m, Gold Medal
2018: Commonwealth Games, Australia, 86.47 m, Gold Medal
2018: Asian Games, Jakarta, 88.06 m, Gold Medal
2021 – Tokyo Olympics, Tokyo, 87.58m, Gold
2023: World Athletics Championships, Hungary, 88.17 m, Gold

Which awards did Neeraj Chopra get?

2018 – Arjuna Award
2020 Republic Day Honors – Vishisht Seva Medal
2021 – Major Dhyanchand Khel Ratna Award
2022 – Padma Shri

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