Neeraj Chopra

Neeraj Chopra

Date Of Birth24 December 1997
Age19 years 11 months 17 days
Day of BirthWednesday
Place Of BirthKhandra, Panipat, Haryana, India
ProfessionsAthletics , Javelin throw , sports
Name (Hindi) नीरज चोपड़ा

Personal Information
Mother TongueHindi
ReligionHinduism
Languages Hindi , English
NationalityIndian
EthnicityIndian
Complexionlight brown
Sexual Orientation Straight
Family Information
Father Satish Kumar (farmer)
Education Qualifications
Education (Graduation) DAV College in Chandigarh
Education(School) Indian Public School in Madlauda
Body Features & Measurements
Height184 CM
1.84 M
6 Feet 0 Inches
72 Inches
Eye color Black
Hair color Black
Weight80 KG
176 lbs
Career Information
Years Active 2012-
Favorites, Hobbies, Likes/ Dislikes
Favorite Sportsvolleyball , cricket
Social Networks, Web links
Wiki PageWiki Page
Twitter ProfileTwitter Profile
More Information
Inspiration Jan Zelezny (Czech triple Olympic gold medallist)
Coaches Jaiveer Singh (first coach)
Gary Calvert (Australian Coach)

Biography

Neeraj Chopra is an Indian Athlete, an Indian record holding Javellin thrower and a junior javelin world record holder.

Neeraj Chopra was born on Wednesday, 24 December 1997 in Khandra, Panipat, Haryana, India (just a few kilometers away from New Delhi, the capital of India).

His father Sathish Kumar is a farmer, mother a homemaker. He has two younger sisters and three brothers.

Rise to Fame: 

Neeraj won the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships held in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Neeraj set a junior world record during the event, the world record brought him the popularity and fame among sports fans of India.

He is the only second Indian athlete after Anju Bobby George to win Gold medal at a World Championship.

Neeraj cleared the distance of 86.48M at the event setting the world record at the age of 18 years , 212 days.

He secured Indian national record in javelin just when he was a teenager at the 2016 South Asian games with the throw of 82.23M, a pretty impressive record for a teenager to smash a senior record.

Missing 2016 Olympics: Neeraj easily cleared the Olympics qualifications but he was bit late in time.

Being a very young athlete he has years of excellence ahead of him. Perhaps the support of Sports Authorities of India could make a world champion out of him.

Neeraj Chopra- Interesting Facts and Trivia

  • Neeraj was spotted by former javelin thrower Jaiveer Singh at a volleyball tournament in 2011, seeing his agility & strength at the age of 13 Jaiveer talked to him and convinced to take up career in Javelin throwing, he trained him initially.
  • In 2012 Neeraj won gold at the National Junior Championships(under 16) in Lucknow with the throw of 68.46m, he was just 14 then.
  • In 2013 he won silver at the National Youth Championship.
  • In 2014 he broke the National Youth Championship record with the throw of 76.50m.
  • On 31st December 2015 Neeraj threw an impressive 81.04m, a national junior record as well as the leading score that year in international U20 circuits.
  • Neeraj became an Indian National record holder at the South Asian games (2016) with a throw of 82.2m. Previous record was 80.14m by Rajesh Kumar Bind.
  • Neeraj became a world junior record holding javelin thrower in 2016 at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships with the throw of 86.48m. Previous record was 84.69m by Zigismunds Sirmais.
  • He is the third Indian to win a medal at world U20 tournaments after Seema Antil(2002) & Navjeet Kaur Dhillon(2014)
  • He won silver at the 2016 Asian Junior Championships held at Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam with a throw of 77.60m just behind Junya Sado of Japan who threw 77.97m for gold.
  • He was taller than most kids in his school, teachers would pick him to participate in all games, he grew up playing lot of sports.
  • In July 2017 he won a gold medal in the Asian Athletics Championship with a score of 85.23 meters.
  • He is the second Indian athlete after Vikas Gowda to participate at the Diamond League event
  • His coach Gary Calvert, an Australian javelin thrower had previously trained cricketer Mitchell Johnson in Javelin, Gary compares Neeraj with Mitchell.
  • Neeraj is a right hand thrower.
  • Neeraj weighed 77kg at the age of 13, his uncle was strict and put him in sports.
  • He is a beneficiary of the JSW Sports Excellence Program.
  • Indian Army offered him a post which he accepted.

Neeraj Chopra's best throws by year

Year  Distance  Place  Comments
 2012  68.46  Lucknow  700gm Javelin (Junior Level)
 2013  69.66  Thiruvanathapuram  700gm Javelin (Junior Level)
 2014  76.50  Vijayawada  700gm Javelin (Junior Level)
 2014  70.19  Patiala  800gm Javelin (Senior Level)
 2015  81.04  Patiala  Senior Level
 2016  86.48  Bydgoszcz (Poland)  
 2017  85.63  Patiala  

 Neeraj Chopra Quotes

  • I have to skip college most of the time as I train twice a day and commuting between college and my training base at Patiala takes about two to three hours.
  • I could never just turn my arm over and bowl. I was always a bhatta bowler.
  • It’s just chance that I became a javelin thrower. If Panipat had runners I would have become a runner
  • I am accepting the Army's offer as I was desperately in need of a job to sustain my training. I am grateful to them for this

 


Neeraj Chopra: Photos, Pictures

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Young Neeraj Chopra at the national champioship
Young Neeraj Chopra at the national champioship
Neeraj Chopra in action
Neeraj Chopra in action
Neeraj Chopra throwing javelin
Neeraj Chopra throwing javelin
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Neeraj Chopra throwing javelin


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