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

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

NameNeeraj Chopra
Place of BirthKhandra – Panipat, Haryana
Date of Birth24-Dec-1997
FamilyMother’s Name- Saroj Devi
Father’s Name – Satish Kumar
Sister – Sangeeta and Sarita
SpouseUnmarried
EducationDayanand Anglo-Vedic College in Chandigarh
Bachelor of Arts from Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar, Punjab
Height178 CM / 6 ft
Weight86 KG
GameJavelin Throw
Best Throw record88.1 Meters
JobJunior Commissioned Officer in the Rajputana Rifles of the Indian Army
CoachGary 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

DateCompetitionCountryCategoryType Nr.PlaceResult
27 Aug 2018Jakarta Asian Games, JakartaINAAF188.06
05 Mar 2021Indian Grand Prix 3, PatialaINDEF188.07
28 Jan 2020ACNW League Meeting 1, McArthur Stadium, PotchefstroomRSAFF187.86
17 Mar 2021Federation Cup, PatialaINDEF187.8
07 Aug 2021The XXXII Olympic Games (Athletics), Olympic Stadium, TokyoJPNOWF1187.58
04 May 2018Doha IAAF Diamond League, Suhaim bin Hamad Stadium, DohaQATGWF487.43
26 Jun 2021Kuortane Games, Kuortaneen keskusurheilukenttä, KuortaneFINCF386.79
04 Aug 2021The XXXII Olympic Games (Athletics), Olympic Stadium, TokyoJPNOWQ1186.65
23 Jul 2016Bydgoszcz IAAF World U20 Championships, Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak Stadium, BydgoszczPOLCF186.48
14 Apr 2018Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Gold CoastAUSAF186.47

 

Neeraj Chopra matches – Javelin Throw

DateCompetitionCnt.CatRacePlaceResult
28 Oct 2012Lucknow National Junior Ch., Lucknow – U16 EventsINDFF168.46
26 Jul 2013Thiruvanathapuram Youth Ch., ThiruvanthapuramINDFF169.66
16 Aug 2014Patiala Federation Cup, PatialaINDFQ1769.51
17 Aug 2014Patiala Federation Cup, PatialaINDFF870.19
11 Feb 2015Thiruvanthapuram National Games, ThiruvanthapuramINDFQ1666.78
12 Feb 2015Thiruvanthapuram National Games, ThiruvanthapuramINDFF573.45
06 Jun 2015Wuhan Asian Championships, WuhanCHNAF970.5
11 Jul 2015Chennai Inter State Ch., ChennaiINDFF177.33
07 Aug 2015Hyderabad Fed Cup Jun. Ch, HyderabadINDFF176.91
16 Sep 2015Kolkata Indian Ch., KolkataINDBQ1174.69
17 Sep 2015Kolkata Indian Ch., KolkataINDBF177.67
31 Dec 2015Patiala Indian University Ch., PatialaINDFQ1181.04
01 Jan 2016Patiala Indian University Ch., PatialaINDFF179.95
10 Feb 2016Guwahati South Asian Games, GuwahatiINDDF182.23
24 Apr 2016Indian Grand Prix 1, New DelhiINDFF179.54
16 May 2016Rehlingen Pfingstsportfest, RehlingenGEREF579.51
21 May 2016WarszawaPOLFF279.73
29 May 2016Oordegem IFAM Meeting, OordegemBELEF275.52
06 Jun 2016Ho Chi-Minh Asian Junior Championships, Ho Chi-MinhVIEDF277.6
03 Jul 2016Lokeren Grote Prijs, LokerenBELEF178.71
10 Jul 2016Offenburg Speerwurf-Meeting, OffenburgGERFF379.23
22 Jul 2016Bydgoszcz IAAF World U20 Championships, Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak Stadium, BydgoszczPOLCQ1178.2
23 Jul 2016Bydgoszcz IAAF World U20 Championships, Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak Stadium, BydgoszczPOLCF186.48
24 Apr 2017Jinhua Asian Grand Prix, JinhuaCHNBF282.11
27 Apr 2017Jiaxing Asian Grand Prix, JiaxingCHNBF283.32
30 Apr 2017Taipei City Asian Grand Prix, Taipei CityTPEBF379.9
11 May 2017Indian Grand Prix 2, New DelhiINDFF180.49
02 Jun 2017Patiala Federation Cup, PatialaINDFQ1178.6
02 Jun 2017Patiala Federation Cup, PatialaINDFF185.63
01 Jul 2017Meeting de Paris, Stade Charléty, Paris – Diamond DisciplineFRAGWF584.67
09 Jul 2017Bhubaneshwar Asian Championships, BhubaneshwarINDGLF185.23
21 Jul 2017Monaco Herculis, Stade Louis II, Monaco – Diamond DisciplineMONGWF778.92
10 Aug 2017London IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Olympic Stadium, LondonGBROWQ1782.26
24 Aug 2017Zürich Weltklasse, Letzigrund, Zürich – Diamond DisciplineSUIDFF783.8
03 Feb 2018Offenburg Speerwurfmeeting, Offenburg – U23 EventsGERFF182.8
27 Feb 2018Indian Grand Prix 1, PatialaINDFF182.88
05 Mar 2018Patiala Federation Cup, PatialaINDFQ1179.29
06 Mar 2018Patiala Federation Cup, PatialaINDFF185.94
13 Apr 2018Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Gold CoastAUSAQ1280.42
14 Apr 2018Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Gold CoastAUSAF186.47
04 May 2018Doha IAAF Diamond League, Suhaim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha – Diamond DisciplineQATGWF487.43
25 May 2018Eugene Prefontaine Classic, Hayward Field, Eugene, OR – Diamond DisciplineUSAGWF680.81
13 Jul 2018Meeting International Mohammed VI d’Athletisme de Rabat, Complexe Sportif Prince Moulay Abdellah, Rabat – Diamond DisciplineMARGWF583.32
17 Jul 2018Sotteville-lès-Rouen Meeting International, Sotteville-lès-RouenFRACF185.17
28 Jul 2018Lapinlahti Motonet GP, LapinlahtiFINFF185.69
27 Aug 2018Jakarta Asian Games, JakartaINAAF188.06
30 Aug 2018Zürich Weltklasse, Letzigrund, Zürich – Diamond DisciplineSUIDFF485.73
09 Sep 2018Ostrava IAAF Continental Cup, OstravaCZEGWF1680.24
19 Sep 2018Jalahalli All-India Inter-Services Ch., JalahalliINDFF183.9
28 Jan 2020ACNW League Meeting 1, McArthur Stadium, PotchefstroomRSAFF187.86
05 Mar 2021Indian Grand Prix 3, PatialaINDEF188.07
17 Mar 2021Federation Cup, PatialaINDEF187.8
10 Jun 2021Meeting Cidade de Lisboa, Estadio Universitario, LisboaPOREF183.18
22 Jun 2021Karlstad GP, Tingvalla IP, KarlstadSWECF180.96
26 Jun 2021Kuortane Games, Kuortaneen keskusurheilukenttä, KuortaneFINCF386.79
04 Aug 2021The XXXII Olympic Games (Athletics), Olympic Stadium, TokyoJPNOWQ1186.65
07 Aug 2021The XXXII Olympic Games (Athletics), Olympic Stadium, TokyoJPNOWF1187.58

 

Neeraj Chopra matches – Javelin Throw (700g)

DateCompetitionCnt.CatRacePl.ResultScore
12 Jul 2013Donetsk IAAF World Youth Championships, DonetskUKRDQ2966.750
22 Apr 2014Bambolim Indian U18 Ch., BambolimINDFF1670
21 May 2014Bangkok Youth Olympic Games Qualification, BangkokTHAFF270.540
18 Oct 2014Lucknow North Zone Junior Ch., Lucknow – U18 EventsINDFF174.760
30 Nov 2014Vijayawada Indian U18 Ch., VijayawadaINDFF176.50