Neeraj Chopra is an Indian track and field athlete who specializes in the sport of Javelin Throw. He is the only athlete from India to win a gold medal at the Olympics. Chopra won his medal in the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
A Junior Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army, Neeraj has also won the Gold Medal in the Asian Games 2018 which were held in Jakarta. He was able to set the new Indian record of the highest throw of 88.06 metre then. Later, Neeraj himself broke his record by throwing a distance of 88.07 m at the Indian Grand Prix this year.
As of now (2021), Neeraj is the only Indian other than Abhinav Bindra to win a Gold medal at the Olympics in individual events.
Neeraj Chopra belongs to Panipat in Haryana. His father is a farmer and he cultivates in his small village Khandra. Neeraj has two sisters and his mother is a homemaker.
Chopra weighed about 80 Kg when he was 11. This is why his father forced him to go to the Panipat stadium and take up a sport that will help him lose weight. This was the beginning of the preparation that won India an Olympic Gold.
Neeraj Chopra Full Bio
Neeraj Chopra Personal Details
Full Name: Neeraj Chopra
Father: Satish Kumar Chopra
Mother: Saroj Devi
Profession: Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) & Javelin Throw Athlete
Date of Birth: 24th December, 1997
Neeraj Chopra Age, Height, Weight
Age: 23 Years
Height: 5′ 11”
Weight: 86 Kgs
Neeraj Chopra Olympic Medal. Awards and Recognitions
Gold Medal :
- Olympic Games – Tokyo, 2021
World Junior Championships – Poland, 2016
Commonwealth Games – Gold Coast, Australia, 2018
Asian Championships – Bhubaneswar, 2017
South Asian Games- Guwahati, 2016
Asian Games- Jakarta, 2018
Asian Junior Championships – Hao Chi Min City, 2016
- Hindustan Times Top 30 Under 30 (2017)
- Arjuna Award (2018)
- Visisht Seva Medal (2020)
- Sportsman of the Decade – Track & Field (2021)