Neeraj Chopra is an Indian Track and Field athlete who participates in the Javelin throw event. He is a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) in the Indian Army.
Neeraj Chopra men’s javelin final winner, on his Olympic debut. He becomes the first Indian to win an athletics medal and only the second to win an individual medal.
The javelin throw is an old sport and even existed in the ancient Olympics. In this event, the javelin, a spear of 2.5 m in length, is thrown. After missing out the entire 2019 season with an elbow injury, Chopra returned to action in January 2020 and qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.
Chopra won the Lisbon City Athletics Meet last month with a throw of 83.18 m. He is part of a 26-member team announced by the Athletics Federation of India to participate in the Tokyo Olympics.
Neeraj Chopra is 6 feet tall (184 cms).
Chopra was born on 24 December 1997 in Panipat, Haryana, to Satish Kumar and Saroj Devi.
|23 years old|
Khandra Village, Panipat, Haryana
|2016||South Asian Games||Guwahati, India||82.23||1|
|2016||Asian Junior Championships||Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam||77.60||2|
|2016||World U20 Championships||Bydgoszcz, Poland||86.48||1|
|2017||Asian Championships||Bhubaneshwar, India||85.23||1|
|2018||Commonwealth Games||Gold Coast, Australia||86.47||1|
|2018||Asian Games||Jakarta, Indonesia||88.06||1|
He broke the World Junior record with an 86.02 m throw in Bydgoszcz, Poland at the World U20 Championships. His second-best throw of 87.86 m in Potchefstroom, South Africa, helped him qualify for his first Olympics. His best is 88.06 m, with which he clinched gold in the 2018 Asian games held at Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia.
Chopra set a national record of 88.06 m while representing India in the 2018 Asian games.
In 2018-19 he was ranked number four in the world.
He is not married. He had allegedly dated Vinesh Phogat briefly.
Chopra’s estimated worth is between USD 1 million to USD 5 million. JSW sports manage him. He has appeared in several commercials, including sports drink Gatorade.
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