Neeraj Chopra is also a Naib Subedar with 4 Rajputana Rifles in the Indian Army. Neeraj was selected in the Indian Army as a junior commissioned officer (JCO) in 2017. Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh and top brass of Indian Army congratulated Neeraj Chopra for winning the gold medal in Tokyo Olympics.
Event: Men’s Javelin Throw
Date of Birth: December 24, 1997
Home location: Panipat, Haryana
Training Base: SAI NSNIS Patiala
Current Training Base: Uppsala, Sweden
National Coach: Dr. Klaus Bartoneitz
An overweight 12-year-old boy from Haryana’s Khandra village, who was persistently persuaded by his family members to take up sports. He ultimately gave in to all the badgering and began training at the Shivaji Stadium in Panipat. That was until he saw a few seniors throwing javelins at the stadium and decided to try his luck at javelin throw. Fortunately for him, that sport truly captured his fancy as he began training rigorously to get into better shape. He grew up to become India’s first ever javelin thrower to win a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2018 Asian Games.
– Gold Medal, Asian Games 2018
– Gold Medal, Commonwealth Games 2018
– Gold Medal, Asian Athletics Championships 2017
– Gold Medal, World U-20 Athletics Championships 2016
– Gold Medal, South Asian Games 2016
– Silver Medal, Asian Junior Championships 2016
– Current National Record Holder (88.07m – 2021)
– Current World Junior Record Holder (86.48m – 2016)