Who is Neeraj Chopra?
Subedar Neeraj Chopra, born 24 December 1997 is an Indian javelin thrower. He is the first track and field athlete to win an Olympic Gold medal for India. He is the reigning Olympic champion with 87.58m winning throw on 7th August 2021. Chopra hurled the javelin at 88.07m to break his own national record. His previous best was the 88.06m gold-medal winning throw at the 2018 Asian Games and 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Neeraj 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. In his earlier career, he was the 2016 World U20 champion and 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.
Neeraj Chopra scripts history, wins gold medal
Neeraj Chopra scripted history after winning a gold medal in Javelin’s throw. His first throw of 87.58 was enough for him to earn a gold medal in the javelin throw final. Chopra became the first-ever Indian athlete to win an Olympic title in athletics.
Neeraj Chopra became only the second Indian to win an individual gold in the Olympics, out-performing the field by some distance to immortalize himself as the first track-and-field Games medal-winner for the country.
The 23-year-old son of a farmer from Chandra village near Panipat in Haryana produced a second round throw of 87.58m in the finals to stun the athletics world and end India’s 100-year wait for a track and field medal in the Olympics.
Neeraj Chopra’s gold was the country’s seventh medal and first gold in this Olympics and he joined shooter Abhinav Bindra (2008 Beijing Games) in an elite and very hard-to-reach club of India’s individual gold winners in the showpiece. With this, the country surpassed the previous best haul of six medals achieved in the 2012 London Games. Apart from Chopra’s gold, India have won to silver and four bronze medals.
Haryana announces Rs 6 cr for Neeraj; Punjab CM hails golden boy
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday announced a cash reward of Rs 6 crore and a government job for Neeraj Chopra for winning India’s first Olympic gold medal in athletics.
The star athlete from the Panipat district in Haryana created history after he clinched the gold in the javelin throw with an attempt of 87.58 meters, becoming only the second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics.
Congratulating Neeraj Chopra for his triumph, Khattar said he not only won the medal but also won the heart of the whole country.
“The country was waiting for this moment for a long time and the whole country is proud of him,” he said.
Neeraj Chopra Biography, Wiki
|Full Name||Neeraj Chopra|
|Sport Category||Track and field|
|Date of Birth||December 24, 1997|
|Height||178 c.m 6 ft.|
|Achievement||Arjuna Award for Athletics, Gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games & 2018 Asian Games. Holds the Indian national record of 88.07 m. 2016 World U20 champion Winner (Set the world under-20 record of 86.48 m). First Indian athlete to win a World title in Track and Field at U-20.|
|Networth||$1Million – $5Million|
|Parent||Father: Satish Kumar. Mother: Saroj Devi|
|Alma Mater||DAV College|
Neeraj Chopra Professional Career
Neeraj Chopra won a gold medal in the 2020 Summer Olympics on 7th August 2021 with the 87.58 m throw, which is the first Olympic medal in athletics won by an Indian. Neeraj Chopra is only the second Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal. On 11 August 2008, Abhinav Bindra won the gold medal in the men’s 10 m air rifle in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Neeraj won a gold medal at the 2016 South Asian Games with a throw of 82.23 m, where he equaled the Indian national record.
He won a gold medal in the 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 the 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 the 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 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.
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. On 5 March 2021, Neeraj Chopra again broke his past National Record setting the new one at 88.07m, with a World Leading position in 2021.
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra opened his international season of 2021 with a throw of 83.18 meters that earned him a javelin gold medal at an event in Lisbon, Portugal.
Neeraj Chopra Achievements
World Continental Cup
|2018||Ostrava, the Czech Republic||Javelin Throw||80.24||6|
World U20 Championships
|2016||Bydgoszcz, Poland||Javelin Throw||86.48||1|
|2017||Bhubaneswar, India||Javelin Throw||85.23||1|
|2018||Jakarta, Indonesia||Javelin Throw||88.06||1|
|2018||Gold Coast, Australia||Javelin Throw||86.47||1|
Interesting Facts About Neeraj Chopra
- Neeraj weighed 77kg at the age of 13, his uncle was strict and asked him to join sports.
- He is the second Indian athlete after Vikas Gowda to participate at the Diamond League event.
- His passion for the javelin throw was fuelled by endless hours of watching every YouTube video of Jan Zelenzy, a retired track and field athlete from the Czech Republic.
- With a busy practising schedule across India and abroad, Neeraj could attend regular school only up to Class IX and is now studying through the open school system.
Neeraj Chopra Awards
- Gold medal at the National Junior Championships(under 16) in Lucknow in 2012.
- Silver medal at the National Youth Championship in 2013.
- 3World junior record holding javelin thrower at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
- Silver medal in 2016 Asian Junior Championships.
- Gold medal in the 2017Asian Athletics Championship.
- Gold glory for the champion in Asian Games in 2018.
- The young prodigy is already felicitated with the Arjuna Award (2018).
- He was also nominated for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
Neeraj Chopra Money Awards
For winning the gold medal at the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics:
- ₹75 lakh (US$110,000) from the Government of India.
- ₹6 crore (US$840,000) from the Government of Haryana.
Neeraj Chopra Net Worth
The 23-year-old Neeraj is currently in the fold of JSW Sports. He is also named as brand ambassador by sports drinks giant Gatorade in a partnership that runs up to 2021. Neeraj Chopra is estimated to have a net worth of $1 Million to 5$ Million (Approx)
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Who is Neeraj Chopra?
Neeraj Chopra is an Indian javelin thrower
What is Neeraj Chopra’s age?
Neeraj Chopra is 24 years old.
What is Neeraj Chopra’s net worth?
Neeraj Chopra is estimated to have a net worth of $1 Million to 5$ Million (Approx).
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