Neeraj Chopra – Career, Medal List, Records and Personal Achievements

Neeraj Chopra wins Gold medal at Tokyo Olympic 2021
Neeraj Chopra wins Gold medal at Tokyo Olympic 2021

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Who is Neeraj Chopra? – The Tokyo Olympic 2020 gold medal winner Neeraj Chopra becomes the first person to bag the gold for India nearly after a decade.

Eventually, Neeraj Chopra becomes the first player for India to bag the gold in Javelin throw which is a Track and field category in Olympics.

Neeraj Chopra Biography

Name Neeraj Chopra
Place of Birth Khandra – Panipat, Haryana
Date of Birth 24-Dec-1997
Family Mother’s Name- Saroj Devi
Father’s Name – Satish Kumar
Sister – Sangeeta and Sarita
Spouse Unmarried
Education Dayanand Anglo-Vedic College in Chandigarh
Bachelor of Arts from Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar, Punjab
Height 178 CM / 6 ft
Weight 86 KG
Game Javelin Throw
Best Throw record 88.1 Meters
Job Junior Commissioned Officer in the Rajputana Rifles of the Indian Army
Coach Gary Calvert
Naseem Ahmad
Klaus Baflonietz
Werner Daniels
Uwe Hohn (personal coach)
Raj Kumar(Army Coach)

 

Neeraj Chopra Family

  • Neeraj’s father Satish Kumar is a farmer in a tiny village of Khandra in Panipat, Haryana.
  • His mother, Saroj Devi, is a housewife and he has two sisters.
  • Neeraj developed an interest in Javelin at the tender age of 11 after keeping an eye on Jaiveer (Jai Choudhary) who used to practice at the Panipat Stadium. Jaiveer is a javelin athlete who represented Haryana.
  • After training under Choudhary for a year, the 13-year-old Chopra was admitted to the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Panchkula, four hours from his home.
  • In 2014, Neeraj bought his first Javelin worth Rs 7000. Later at the international level, he purchased a javelin worth Rs 1 lakh in the national camp he attended.

Neeraj Chopra Career

  • Neeraj weighs 80 kg when he was only 11, Neeraj’s introduction to javelin happened by chance during his visits to the Panipat Stadium in his bid to lose weight.
  • Observing Chopra’s ability to achieve a 40-meter throw without training and impressed by his drive, Choudhary became his first coach.
  • After training under Choudhary for a year, the 13-year-old Chopra was admitted to the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Panchkula, four hours from his home.
  • The sports complex was then one of only two facilities in the state of Haryana with a synthetic runway.
  • There, he trained under coach Naseem Ahmad, who made him train in long-distance running along with the javelin throw.
  • Initially while at Tau Devi, he typically achieved throws of around 55 meters.
Neeraj Chopra
Neeraj Chopra
  • He soon increased his range and won the 2012 junior nationals in Lucknow by achieving a new national record throw of 68.40 meters.
  • The next year, he entered his first international competition, the World Youth Championships in Ukraine.
  • He achieved his first throw of over 70 meters at the 2014 senior nationals, following this up with a world record throw in the junior category of 81.04 meters in 2015 All India Inter-University Athletics Meet; this was his first throw of over 80 meters.
  • Chopra won a gold medal in the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland and set a world junior record of 86.48 m.
Neeraj Chopra U20 Record
Neeraj Chopra U20 Record
  • He however failed to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics as the cut-off date had been 11 July, the week before the U20 championships.
  • Impressed with Chopra’s performance at the South Asian Games and his future potential, the Indian Army offered him a direct appointment as a Junior Commissioned Officer in the Rajputana Rifles with the rank of Naib Subedar, a rank typically not immediately granted to athletes, who are usually recruited as non-commissioned officers (NCO).
Neeraj Chopra
Neeraj Chopra

Neeraj Chopra Medal 

Gold

  • 2016- South Asian Games in Guwahati, India
  • 2016 – World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland
  • 2017 – Asian Championships in Bhubaneswar, India
  • 2018 – Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia
  • 2018 – Sotteville Athletics Meet in Sotteville-lés-Rouen, France
  • 2018 – Savo Games in Lapinlahti, Finland
  • 2018 – Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia
  • 2021 – Tokyo Olympics 2020

Also read: Olympics Medal Table 2020 / 2021 | Ranking By Country

Neeraj Chopra Gold Tokyo Olympic 2021
Neeraj Chopra Gold Tokyo Olympic 2021

Silver

  • 2016 – Asian Junior Championships in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • 2017 – Asian Grand Prix Series in Jinhua, China
  • 2017 – Asian Grand Prix Series in Jiaxing, China
  • 2018 – Offenburg Speenvurf Meeting in Offenburg, Germany

Bronze

  • 2017 – Asian Grand Prix Series in Taipei, Taiwan

Neeraj Chopra Records

  • 2018 – National Record of 88.06m mark at the Asian Games
  • 2021 – National record of 88.07m mark at the Indian Grand Prix

Neeraj Chopra Awards

  • Arjuna Award – 2018
  • Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) – 2020 Republic Day honours
Neeraj Chopra Arjuna Award
Neeraj Chopra Arjuna Award

Prize Amount for Neeraj Chopra on Winning Gold Medal

Neeraj Chopra starts to receive wishes and prizes from various organizations after winning the gold for India in Tokyo Olympics 2020. Following are the list of cash prize amounts received by Neeraj Chopra:

  • ₹75 lakhs (US$110,000) from the Government of India.
  • ₹6 crores (US$840,000) from the Government of Haryana, a Class-I state government appointment, and a plot of land for an athletics center.
  • ₹2 crores (US$280,000) from BYJU’S
  • ₹2 crores (US$280,000) from the Government of Punjab
  • ₹1 crore (US$140,000) from the Government of Manipur
  • ₹1 crore (US$140,000) from the Board of Control for Cricket in India
  • ₹1 crore (US$140,000) from Chennai Super Kings and a personalized jersey
  • ₹25 lakhs (US$35,000) from the Elan realty group, Gurugram
  • ₹75 lakhs (US$110,000) from the Indian Olympic Association

Neeraj Chopra Personal Top 10

Date Competition Country Category Type Nr. Place Result
27 Aug 2018 Jakarta Asian Games, Jakarta INA A F 1 88.06
05 Mar 2021 Indian Grand Prix 3, Patiala IND E F 1 88.07
28 Jan 2020 ACNW League Meeting 1, McArthur Stadium, Potchefstroom RSA F F 1 87.86
17 Mar 2021 Federation Cup, Patiala IND E F 1 87.8
07 Aug 2021 The XXXII Olympic Games (Athletics), Olympic Stadium, Tokyo JPN OW F1 1 87.58
04 May 2018 Doha IAAF Diamond League, Suhaim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha QAT GW F 4 87.43
26 Jun 2021 Kuortane Games, Kuortaneen keskusurheilukenttä, Kuortane FIN C F 3 86.79
04 Aug 2021 The XXXII Olympic Games (Athletics), Olympic Stadium, Tokyo JPN OW Q1 1 86.65
23 Jul 2016 Bydgoszcz IAAF World U20 Championships, Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak Stadium, Bydgoszcz POL C F 1 86.48
14 Apr 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast AUS A F 1 86.47

 

Neeraj Chopra matches – Javelin Throw

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Place Result
28 Oct 2012 Lucknow National Junior Ch., Lucknow – U16 Events IND F F 1 68.46
26 Jul 2013 Thiruvanathapuram Youth Ch., Thiruvanthapuram IND F F 1 69.66
16 Aug 2014 Patiala Federation Cup, Patiala IND F Q1 7 69.51
17 Aug 2014 Patiala Federation Cup, Patiala IND F F 8 70.19
11 Feb 2015 Thiruvanthapuram National Games, Thiruvanthapuram IND F Q1 6 66.78
12 Feb 2015 Thiruvanthapuram National Games, Thiruvanthapuram IND F F 5 73.45
06 Jun 2015 Wuhan Asian Championships, Wuhan CHN A F 9 70.5
11 Jul 2015 Chennai Inter State Ch., Chennai IND F F 1 77.33
07 Aug 2015 Hyderabad Fed Cup Jun. Ch, Hyderabad IND F F 1 76.91
16 Sep 2015 Kolkata Indian Ch., Kolkata IND B Q1 1 74.69
17 Sep 2015 Kolkata Indian Ch., Kolkata IND B F 1 77.67
31 Dec 2015 Patiala Indian University Ch., Patiala IND F Q1 1 81.04
01 Jan 2016 Patiala Indian University Ch., Patiala IND F F 1 79.95
10 Feb 2016 Guwahati South Asian Games, Guwahati IND D F 1 82.23
24 Apr 2016 Indian Grand Prix 1, New Delhi IND F F 1 79.54
16 May 2016 Rehlingen Pfingstsportfest, Rehlingen GER E F 5 79.51
21 May 2016 Warszawa POL F F 2 79.73
29 May 2016 Oordegem IFAM Meeting, Oordegem BEL E F 2 75.52
06 Jun 2016 Ho Chi-Minh Asian Junior Championships, Ho Chi-Minh VIE D F 2 77.6
03 Jul 2016 Lokeren Grote Prijs, Lokeren BEL E F 1 78.71
10 Jul 2016 Offenburg Speerwurf-Meeting, Offenburg GER F F 3 79.23
22 Jul 2016 Bydgoszcz IAAF World U20 Championships, Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak Stadium, Bydgoszcz POL C Q1 1 78.2
23 Jul 2016 Bydgoszcz IAAF World U20 Championships, Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak Stadium, Bydgoszcz POL C F 1 86.48
24 Apr 2017 Jinhua Asian Grand Prix, Jinhua CHN B F 2 82.11
27 Apr 2017 Jiaxing Asian Grand Prix, Jiaxing CHN B F 2 83.32
30 Apr 2017 Taipei City Asian Grand Prix, Taipei City TPE B F 3 79.9
11 May 2017 Indian Grand Prix 2, New Delhi IND F F 1 80.49
02 Jun 2017 Patiala Federation Cup, Patiala IND F Q1 1 78.6
02 Jun 2017 Patiala Federation Cup, Patiala IND F F 1 85.63
01 Jul 2017 Meeting de Paris, Stade Charléty, Paris – Diamond Discipline FRA GW F 5 84.67
09 Jul 2017 Bhubaneshwar Asian Championships, Bhubaneshwar IND GL F 1 85.23
21 Jul 2017 Monaco Herculis, Stade Louis II, Monaco – Diamond Discipline MON GW F 7 78.92
10 Aug 2017 London IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Olympic Stadium, London GBR OW Q1 7 82.26
24 Aug 2017 Zürich Weltklasse, Letzigrund, Zürich – Diamond Discipline SUI DF F 7 83.8
03 Feb 2018 Offenburg Speerwurfmeeting, Offenburg – U23 Events GER F F 1 82.8
27 Feb 2018 Indian Grand Prix 1, Patiala IND F F 1 82.88
05 Mar 2018 Patiala Federation Cup, Patiala IND F Q1 1 79.29
06 Mar 2018 Patiala Federation Cup, Patiala IND F F 1 85.94
13 Apr 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast AUS A Q1 2 80.42
14 Apr 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast AUS A F 1 86.47
04 May 2018 Doha IAAF Diamond League, Suhaim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha – Diamond Discipline QAT GW F 4 87.43
25 May 2018 Eugene Prefontaine Classic, Hayward Field, Eugene, OR – Diamond Discipline USA GW F 6 80.81
13 Jul 2018 Meeting International Mohammed VI d’Athletisme de Rabat, Complexe Sportif Prince Moulay Abdellah, Rabat – Diamond Discipline MAR GW F 5 83.32
17 Jul 2018 Sotteville-lès-Rouen Meeting International, Sotteville-lès-Rouen FRA C F 1 85.17
28 Jul 2018 Lapinlahti Motonet GP, Lapinlahti FIN F F 1 85.69
27 Aug 2018 Jakarta Asian Games, Jakarta INA A F 1 88.06
30 Aug 2018 Zürich Weltklasse, Letzigrund, Zürich – Diamond Discipline SUI DF F 4 85.73
09 Sep 2018 Ostrava IAAF Continental Cup, Ostrava CZE GW F1 6 80.24
19 Sep 2018 Jalahalli All-India Inter-Services Ch., Jalahalli IND F F 1 83.9
28 Jan 2020 ACNW League Meeting 1, McArthur Stadium, Potchefstroom RSA F F 1 87.86
05 Mar 2021 Indian Grand Prix 3, Patiala IND E F 1 88.07
17 Mar 2021 Federation Cup, Patiala IND E F 1 87.8
10 Jun 2021 Meeting Cidade de Lisboa, Estadio Universitario, Lisboa POR E F 1 83.18
22 Jun 2021 Karlstad GP, Tingvalla IP, Karlstad SWE C F 1 80.96
26 Jun 2021 Kuortane Games, Kuortaneen keskusurheilukenttä, Kuortane FIN C F 3 86.79
04 Aug 2021 The XXXII Olympic Games (Athletics), Olympic Stadium, Tokyo JPN OW Q1 1 86.65
07 Aug 2021 The XXXII Olympic Games (Athletics), Olympic Stadium, Tokyo JPN OW F1 1 87.58

 

Neeraj Chopra matches – Javelin Throw (700g)

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Score
12 Jul 2013 Donetsk IAAF World Youth Championships, Donetsk UKR D Q2 9 66.75 0
22 Apr 2014 Bambolim Indian U18 Ch., Bambolim IND F F 1 67 0
21 May 2014 Bangkok Youth Olympic Games Qualification, Bangkok THA F F 2 70.54 0
18 Oct 2014 Lucknow North Zone Junior Ch., Lucknow – U18 Events IND F F 1 74.76 0
30 Nov 2014 Vijayawada Indian U18 Ch., Vijayawada IND F F 1 76.5 0