Neeraj Chopra Journey and His achievements:
Neeraj Chopra is an Indian athlete in the track and field events where he masters in javelin throws, having held the national record for covering a distance of 88.07 meters. He has brought laurels to the country by winning the Gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games after which he was designated to carry the National flag in the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games in those games Neeraj also won the Gold Medal in Javelin throw. He is the initial Indian to win world title in the under 20 world championship where he created a new record for the under 20s championship by covering a distance of 86.48 meters. Neeraj is currently a Naib Subedar in the junior commissioned officer in Indian Army.
He was born on 24th December 1997 in Khandra, Panipat, Haryana. Being a bit overweight in his initial days he was forced to play sports by his parents after which he started training in the National stadium in Panipat where he never had interest in running, he was also like most of the other children in the country who loved cricket but seeing seniors practising javelin throws when he decided he would try his luck in it.
Neeraj started his career at a very young age where he made his debut in the domestic circuit at the 2012 National Junior Athletics Competitions and won his first Gold medal with a record throw of 68.46 meters following which he was called up for the national camp. He made his mark in the national colours by winning the gold medal in the South Asian championships heldin Guwhahati in 2016.
In 2017 he won 2 silvers and a bronze medal in 3 different Asian Grand Prix Series, In 2017 Neeraj also made his debut in the IAAF Diamond League where he couldn’t make a huge impact but ended up coming 7th . In 2018, he won the Gold medal at the Sotteville Athletics meet in France, after which another Gold medal at the Savo Games in Lapinlahti, Finland. In 2021, Neeraj shattered his national record by throwing 88.07m at the Indian Grand Prix Meet in Patiala.
Neeraj Chopra Journey and Achievements:
- 2013 World Youth Championships Neeraj made his international debut for the country, where he finished 19th within the qualification round held at Donetsk in Ukraine.
- 2015 Asian Championships, he came 9th in the final of the javelin throw event in Wuhan, China.
- 2016, he won a silver within the javelin throw at the Asian Junior Championships. Later that year, Neeraj caught the limelight when he set the planet junior record by throwing 86.48m and clinched the trophy at the planet U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
- In the 2017 Asian Championships held in Bhubaneshwar in Odisha, he won the trophy by throwing 85.23m.
- In 2018, Neeraj clinched the trophy at the Commonwealth Games held at Gold Coast in Australia and thus became the primary Indian javelin thrower to accomplish the feat at the Commonwealth Games. He broke his own national record of 86.48m by throwing 88.06m In the 2018 Asian Games and won the trophy .
- In January 2020, Neeraj Chopra booked his Olympics berth in Javelin Throw at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics after he threw a mammoth distance of 87.86m at the Athletics Central North East held in Potchefstroom, South Africa .