Neeraj Chopra: Age, Height, Family, Education, Net Worth, and Javelin Throw World Records| Biography
Neeraj Chopra Biography: Neeraj Chopra scripted history on 24th July 2022 yet again. He became the second Indian to win a medal at the World Athletics Championships after Anju Bobby George in 2003. He secured a silver medal for India by registering a throw of 88.13m in his fourth attempt.
Neeraj Chopra is an Indian athlete who is the Olympic world champion currently and has recently won the world championship silver medal in the Javelin throw. He happens to be the first Asian to win an Olympic Gold Medal in the men's javelin throw.
Struggled a bit with the conditions, but extremely happy to win a 🥈medal for India at the #WCHOregon22. Congratulations to Anderson Peters and Jakub Vadlejch on an incredible competition.— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) July 25, 2022
Thank you to everyone at home and at Hayward Field for your support. 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/co2mGrx3Em
Since his historic performance at Tokyo Olympics, Gold medalist Neeraj Chopra has received several awards and honours. He has now been nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award.
A special feeling to be nominated along with some exceptional athletes for the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year award.— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) February 2, 2022
Congratulations to @DaniilMedwed, @pedri, @EmmaRaducanu, @TeamRojas45 and Ariarne Titmus on their nominations. #Laureus22 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/16pUMmvQBE
Take a look at Neeraj Chopra's biography including the details on his Age, Height, Career, Olympic Gold Medal Win, Javelin throw records etc.
Neeraj Chopra Biography
|Birth||24th December 1997|
|Height||5 feet 11 inches|
Sportsperson (Javelin Throw)
Junior Commissioned Officer at the Rajputana Rifles
Vishisht Seva Medal
Olympics Gold medal
Neeraj Chopra Birthday
Neeraj Chopra has turned 24 this year. He celebrates his birthday on the 24th of December every year. The Tokyo Olympics Gold Medalist from India who made the country proud has been showered with wishes from all around the world and the country.
Neeraj Chopra won the Gold medal at the Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020 and won the hearts of a billion Indians. He has been the first athlete to win a Gold in the highest category of World Championships, the Olympics.
Neeraj also took to Twitter to thank everyone who wished him. Take a look
Thank you all for your warm wishes 😊 pic.twitter.com/CEehuK4S5z— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) December 24, 2021
Neeraj Chopra: Age, Height, Family & Education
- Neeraj Chopra was born on 24th December 1997 in Khandra Village of Panipat, Haryana.
- His family is basically an agriculture-based earner.
- He has two sisters and graduated from Dayanand Anglo Vedic College in Chandigarh.
- He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts from Lovely Professional University, LPU in Jalandhar, Punjab.
- His height is 178 m which makes him 5 feet 11 inches tall with a weight of 86 kilograms.
- He contests in the category of track and field and is ranked 4 in the world.
- He has had his training under Coach Uwe Hohn.
Neeraj Chopra: Athletic career
- Neeraj was always teased for obesity as a child after which his father enrolled him in a gym at Madlauda and later at Panipat.
- The javelin thrower Jaiveer Choudhary recognised his talent while he used to visit the Panipat Sports Authority. He was Neeraj's first coach as well.
- After that Neeraj was enrolled in Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Panchkula where he was trained by Naseem Ahmad. He learnt the long run and javelin throw under him. He achieved the throw range of 55 metres but when he went to compete at Lucknow’s 2012 junior championship, he made a record throw of 68.40 metres.
- At the senior national match, he achieved the throw of 70 metres and at the junior category, he threw a record 81.04 metres.
- He then received a call from NIS Patiala where he went to train for the future.
- Neeraj's first medal was a silver at the Youth Olympics Qualification in Bangkok in 2014.
- At the South Asian Games, Chopra threw a record 87.3 metres to win gold.
- 2016 was a good year again for him but he failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics due to a cut off date clash. He won a gold medal in the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland and set a world junior record of 86.48 metres in the javelin throw.
Neeraj Chopra: Posting in the Indian Army
Neeraj Chopra was offered a post of Junior Commissioned Officer at the Rajputana Rifles in the army after the Indian Army was impressed with his performance at the South Asian Games. He was given a rank of Naib Subedar which is not a rank easily available for the athletes.
He was formally inducted as a JCO in 2016 and was given leave to train.
Neeraj Chopra: List of Gold Medals Won
2016: World U20 Championship at Poland- Gold with 86.48 m throw
2018: Sotteville Athletics Meet at France- Gold with 85.17m
2018: Savo Games at Finland- Gold with 85.6 m throw
2018: Commonwealth Games at Australia- Gold with 86.47 m throw
2018: Asian Games at Jakarta- Gold with 88.06 m throw
2021: Summer Olympics at Tokyo- Gold with 87.58 m throw
Neeraj Chopra: Awards
He has won the Arjuna Award in 2018 and Vishisht Seva Medal at the Republic Day honours 2020. Neeraj is the only second Indian individual gold medallist after Abhinav Bindra, and the only one to win a track-and-field Olympic gold medal.
He has been honoured with Padma Shri in 2022, the fourth-highest civilian award of India.