New Delhi: In the Tokyo Olympics, Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra created history by targeting gold. In the Javelin Throw final, Neeraj won the gold with a best distance of 87.58. In the qualification round also, Neeraj topped his group.
Neeraj comes from a farmer family
Neeraj Chopra comes from Khandra village in Panipat district of Haryana. He was born on 24 December 1997. His father Satish Kumar is a farmer. The household expenses were met by farming. Neeraj has completed his schooling from Chandigarh. Along with studies, he liked to go to the farm with his father and uncle and work with them. Neeraj Chopra’s current coach is Ou Han. Neeraj Chopra trains for six hours six days a week.
He won gold in the 2016 IAAF World U-20 Championship in Poland by throwing 86.48 meters of javelin, after which he got a job as a junior commissioned officer in the army.
This is how Neeraj’s journey to become a javelin thrower started
Actually Neeraj was not fond of javelin throw earlier. He used to be very obese in childhood and at the age of 11, the family members asked him to play to reduce obesity. Neeraj started going to play at Shivaji Stadium in Panipat. There he saw the players practicing javelin throw in the stadium. After which his mind got into this game. This is where the javelin throw entered the life of Neeraj Chopra.
hard work till you win gold
Chopra’s first memorable win came in 2012 at the National Junior Championships in Lucknow. In that tournament, Chopra set a national age-group record in the Under-16 event with a throw of 68.46m and won the gold medal. Neeraj once again performed brilliantly in the 2013 National Youth Championship. He secured a place at the IAAF World Youth Championships to be held in Ukraine that year, finishing second.
In the All-India Inter-University Championship, Neeraj took the record of this age group by throwing 81.04 javelin in the year 2015. Neeraj Chopra was highlighted in the year 2016, when he captured the gold medal in the Junior World Championships by throwing a world record 86.48 meters javelin. In the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Neeraj threw 86.47 meters and won the gold medal.
Apart from this, Neeraj gave his best performance in Asian Games 2018 by throwing 88.06 meters javelin and giving India the first gold in Javelin Throw.
Neeraj was on top in the qualification round too
Neeraj Chopra also stood first in the qualification round of javelin throw at the Tokyo Olympics. He was definitely considered a contender for gold in javelin throw. The way this player performed, today the whole country has become his admirer.
Neeraj Chopra created history
In the Javelin Throw final, Neeraj Chopra was at the forefront from the very beginning. He has covered a distance of 87.03 meters in his very first attempt. In the second time, he covered a distance of 87.58. With this, he has thrown the javelin far beyond his qualification record. This is India’s first ever medal in Javelin Throw. Not only this, it is also India’s first medal in athletics.