Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra created history on Saturday as he became the first from the country to win a gold in track and field in the Olympics.
He threw a distance of 87.58m to pick the gold at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. He has become the second athlete after Abhinav Bindra to win an individual Olympic gold.
A farmer’s son from Khandra village near Panipat in Haryana, the 23-year-old has got quite a few under his belt in his career so far. Apart from the national record, he holds the distinction of the best throw in the U20 World Championship and in the Asian Championship.
In 2021, he achieved his personal best of 88.07m in Patiala during the Indian Grand Prix, despite strong winds. Currently, he serves as Junior Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army.
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In 2018, he became the first Indian javelin thrower to claim a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, with a season’s best effort of 86.47m in the final in the Gold Coast.
South Asian Games
He finished 19th in the qualifiers in the 2013 World Youth Championship. Next in the 2015 Asian Championship, he improved and finished ninth.
It was in 2016 that he first tasted success on the international stage when he won gold in the 2016 South Asian Games with a throw of 82.23m.
Asian Junior Championship
Chopra was one of the medal contenders in the 2016 Asian Junior Championship and the Haryana lad did not disappoint. With a throw of 77.60m, he achieved the silver medal in the competition.