What you need to know about Neeraj Chopra, India's Golden Boy
- Neeraj Chopra won a gold medal in the javelin throw event
- 23-year-old Chopra hails from Panipat, Haryana
- Chopra won India's sole gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
Chopra’s performance also ensured that India made its best-ever medal haul at an Olympic edition with the country claiming a total of seven medals.
Neeraj Chopra’s gold is only the second gold won by an Indian in an individual Olympic event. Thus, the 23-year-old javelin thrower from a farming family in Haryana has emerged as the next superstar sportsman of India.
On the day of his epic win, here’s a brief overview of the life India’s rising superstar.
- Neeraj Chopra, 23, hails from Panipat in Haryana. His father is a farmer. Chopra is a graduate of DAV College, Chandigarh. Following his Olympic win, the Haryana state government announced that it would honour the athlete with a cash prize of Rs 6 crore.
- 23-year-old Chopra took up javelin throwing in 2011 after he saw people practice throwing javelin in Haryana, according to Chopra’s bio on the Olympics website.
- Chopra is a Subedar with the 4 Rajputana Rifles in the Indian Army. After his gold medal win, Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane congratulated Subedar Neeraj Chopra for winning India’s first-ever gold medal in javelin.
- Neeraj Chopra is the first athlete to have won gold at the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and the Olympics.
- He became the first Indian athlete to win a junior world title in athletics when he won a gold medal in javelin throw at the World Junior Championships in Poland in 2016.
- Neeraj Chopra won the first gold medal for India at the Tokyo Olympics. He is also the first Indian to win a gold medal in athletics. Chopra’s medal is also India’s second individual gold medal in Olympic history after Abhinav Bindra won gold in shooting at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.