Neeraj Chopra, the Junior Commissioned Officer in The Indian Army is one of the most promising Indian athletes at the Olympics this year. He is probably the strongest contender for an Olympic Gold medal from India this year. The Javelin Expert will be India’s trump card at the Olympics this year.
India has had its share of wait for another Olympic Gold Medal. In 2008, Abhinav Bindra won the first Olympic Singles Medal for India. He denied Henri Hakkinen with a final shot of 9.7 in the men’s 10-meter air rifle event. Since then, India has never won an Olympic Singles gold.
It doesn’t mean that Indian athletes have not been up to par at the games. Instead, Indian athletes have exceptionally well in the last few Olympics. Especially in the hockey tournament, the Indian Team has won 8 gold medals in total.
Many Indian athletes have come extremely close to winning a good medal but had to settle for less. Recently PV Sindhu became the youngest female athlete to win an Olympic medal. She won a silver in the Women’s single category at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Neeraj Chopra: Journey So Far
He became known after his incredible performance at the 2016 South Asian Games. Neeraj bagged the gold medal with a throw of 82.23 m. He even equaled the Indian National record with the massive throw.
He broke the record in the same year with a throw of 87.43 m at the Doha Diamond League.
In 2017, he bagged another gold medal at the Asian Athletics Championship with a throw of 85.23 m. He then won another gold medal at the Commonwealth Games with a season-best throw of 86.57 m. Neeraj Chopra joined the elite list of Indians to win a gold medal on their CWG debut.
A few months later in August 2018, he won yet another medal at the Asian Games. He set a new national record with the tournament-winning throw of 88.06 m.
He had a major setback in 2019 when he had to undergo shoulder surgery. However, he came back stronger than ever and achieved a ticket to the Olympics 2020 with a massive throw of 87.86 m in his very next tournament after the surgery.
In March 2021, he set another national record with a throw of 88.07 m at the Indian Grand Prix. Earlier in 2021, he won another gold medal at an event in Portugal.
Basically, Neeraj Chopra has owned mostly all the tournaments he has participated in. The question is whether he will be equally good at the Olympics 2020?
Source of Information/Inspiration: Hindustan Times