He is also the first track and field athlete from India to win at the IAAF World U20 Championships, wherein in 2016 he achieved a world under-20 record throw of 86.48 m, becoming the first Indian athlete to set a world record.
Chopra participated in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Asian Games, being the flag-bearer in the latter and winning gold medals in both. On 7 August 2021 Chopra won the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
As of 2021, he is one of only two Indians to have won an individual Olympic gold medal (the other being Abhinav Bindra), as well as the youngest-ever Indian gold medalist in an individual event and the only one to have won gold in his Olympic debut. He throws 87.58m in his second attempt.
|Full name||Neeraj Chopra|
|Date of Birth||24 December 1997 (age 23)|
|Birthplace||Panipat, Haryana, India|
|Education||DAV College, Chandigarh, Bachelor of Arts from Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar, Punjab|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Sister(s)||Sangeeta and Sarita|
|Olympic Medals||1 Gold Medal|
|Service/branch||Indian Army (2016–present)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Occupation(s)||Javelin Thrower and Junior Commissioned Officer|
|Coached by||Uwe Hohn|
|Highest Record||NR 88.07 m (2021)|
Early Life and Education:
Neeraj Chopra was born on 24 December 1997, in Khandra village, Panipat district, Haryana, India. Chopra’s family consists of his father Satish Kumar and mother Saroj Devi, and two sisters. His is family is largely involved in agriculture.
Neeraj schooling from the local school and graduated from Dayanand Anglo-Vedic College in Chandigarh. As of 2021, he is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts from Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar, Punjab.
At the age of 11, Neeraj’s weight was 80 kg and the local children teased him about his childhood obesity, Chopra’s father enrolled him in a gymnasium at Madlauda; he was later enrolled in a gym in Panipat. During that time he saw some javelin throwers and he got acquainted with Javelin.
In 2010, Neeraj visited the nearby Panipat Sports Authority of India (SAI) center, where javelin thrower Jaiveer Choudhary recognized Chopra’s ability to achieve a 40-meter throw without training and was impressed by his drive, Choudhary became his first coach.
Due to the lack of proper facilities at the age of 13-year Chopra was admitted to the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Panchkula, four hours from his home. There, he trained under coach Naseem Ahmad, who made him train in long-distance running along with the javelin throw.
On 27 October 2012, he won gold and create a new national record throwing 68.40 meters in the National Junior Athletics Championships in Lucknow. The next year, he entered his first international competition, the World Youth Championships in Ukraine won the first international silver medal in 2014 with 70 meters through. In 2015, he raised his throw 81.04 in the All India Inter-University Athletics Meet.
According to Chopra, inclusion in the National camp in 2015 turned a turning point in his career. He got better facilities, received a better quality diet, and had good training, which was not available at Panchkula. According to him, by training with national-level javelin throwers resulted well in his morale.
Chopra won a gold medal in the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, and set a world junior record of 86.48 m, becoming the first Indian athlete to achieve a world record and also setting a new national record. Although Chopra failed to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics as the cut-off date had been 11 July, the week before the U20 championships.
Impressed with Chopra’s performance at the South Asian Games and his future potential, the Indian Army offered him a direct appointment as a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) in the Rajputana Rifles with the rank of Naib Subedar. Letter on he was further rewarded by the army with an out-of-turn promotion to subedar in November 2018.
Neeraj Chopra 2020 Tokyo Olympics Journey:
On 4 August 2021, Neeraj made his debut at the Olympics representing India at the 2020 Summer Olympics in National stadium Japan, in Tokyo. For the preparation for Tokyo Olympics, Neeraj Chopra was training under his German coach Uwe Hohn, biomechanics expert Klaus Bartonietz and physiotherapist Ishaan Marwaha.
7 August 2021, Chopra won the gold medal in the final with a throw of 87.58 m in his second attempt, becoming the first Indian Olympian to win a gold medal in athletics, and the first post-independence Indian Olympic medalist in athletics.
Chopra became the second-ranked athlete internationally in the men’s javelin throw, per the World Athletics rankings for the discipline as well as became the second Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal after Abhinav Bindra.
Neeraj Chopra Medal(s)
- South Asian Games in Guwahati, India (2016)
- World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland (2016)
- Asian Championships in Bhubaneswar, India (2017)
- Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia (2018)
- Sotteville Athletics Meet in Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France (2018)
- Savo Games in Lapinlahti, Finland (2018)
- Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia (2018)
- Tokyo Olympics 2020 (2021)
- Asian Junior Championships in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2016)
- Asian Grand Prix Series in Jinhua, China (2017)
- Asian Grand Prix Series in Jiaxing, China (2017)
- Offenburg Speerwurf Meeting in Offenburg, Germany (2018)
- Asian Grand Prix Series in Taipei, Taiwan (2017)
Seasonal bests by year
|26 July 2013||69.66 meters||Patiala, India|
|17 August 2014||70.19 meters||Patiala, India|
|31 December 2015||81.04 meters||Patiala, India|
|23 Jully 2016||86.48 meters||Bydgoszcz, Poland|
|2 June 2017||85.63 meters||Patiala, India|
|27 August 2018||88.06 meters||Jakarta, Indonesia|
|28 January 2020||87.86 meters||South Africa|
|5 March 2021||88.07 meters||Patiala, India|
Awards and Recognition
- Hindustan Times Top 30 under 30 awarded by Captain Amarinder Singh (2017)
- Arjuna Award – 2018
- Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) – 2020 Republic Day honours
- Sportstar ACES Award- Sportsman of the Decade (Track and Field) – 2021
Neeraj Chopra Girlfriend / Relationship & Love Affairs:
Neeraj Chopra said that he is currently single and is not thinking too much about the female attention he has been getting as his focus is on training and getting better.