Tokyo Olympics: Who is Neeraj Chopra? India’s first Olympic GOLD medalist at Athletics- All you need to know- India on Saturday achieved a big success as Neeraj Chopra became the only second athlete from the country to win GOLD at Olympic games. He became Olympic champion at Javelin Throw Final event at Olympic Stadium as no one could match his throw. The 23-year-old became the first from the country to win a gold in track and field in the Olympics by throwing a distance of 87.58m to pick the gold.
Neeraj began his quest for a medal with a massive throw of 87.03 meters and was leading the pack after the end of the first attempt. He bettered it with the second throw of 87.58m. He is now the second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to win a gold medal in individual events.
Notably, India won their first medal in athletics after Norman Pritchard’s silver in 200m on July 22, 1900.
Tokyo Olympics: Who is Neeraj Chopra? India’s first Olympic GOLD medalist at Athletics- All you need to know
Neeraj Chopra hails from Khandra village in Panipat district, Haryana. In his earlier career, he was the 2016 World U20 champion where he set a world record for U20 at 86.48m. Besides becoming the only Tokyo Olympics champion for India, he has won also Gold at World Junior Championships (2016), South Asian Games (2016), Asian Championships (2017), Commonwealth Games (2018), Asian Games (2018).
Date of Birth: December 24, 1997
Father– Satish Kumar Chopra (works as Farmer)
Mother– Saroj Devi
Home location: Panipat, Haryana
Training Base: SAI NSNIS Patiala
Current Training Base: Uppsala, Sweden
He is currently coached by Klaus Bartonietz of Germany. He has also received coaching from Uwe Hohn, Werner Daniels and Gary Calvert. He has broken a number of records during his career before his maiden appearance at Tokyo Olympics.
Current National Record Holder (88.07m 2021)
Current World Junior Record Holder (86.48m 2016)
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