Neeraj Chopra

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Naib Subedar
Neeraj Chopra
Bydgoszcz 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships, Neeraj Chopra.jpg
Personal information
Born (1997-12-24) 24 December 1997 (age 23)[1]
Panipat, Haryana, India
EducationDAV College, Chandigarh
Military career
Allegiance India
Service/branch Indian Army
RankNaib Subedar - Naib Risaldar of the Indian Army.svg Subedar
Country India
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Javelin throw
Coached byUwe Hohn
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)88.07 (2021) NR
Updated on 27 August 2018.

Naib Subedar Neeraj Chopra (born 24 December 1997)[1] is an Indian track and field athlete and a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) in Indian Army who competes in the javelin throw. He holds the Indian national record of 88.07 m for the event. He has won gold medals for India at the 2018 Asian Games and 2018 Commonwealth Games. Chopra was also selected as the flag-bearer at the opening ceremony for India at the 2018 Asian Games, which marked his first Asian Games appearance.[2][3] In his earlier career, he was the 2016 World U20 champion and set the world under-20 record of 86.48 m. He is the first Indian athlete to ever win a World title in Track and Field at U-20

Chopra suffered an injury to his right elbow and had to undergo surgery in May 2019, causing him to miss the entire 2019 season.[4] Chopra returned to competitive action in January 2020 and achieved the qualifying mark for the 2020 Summer Olympics with a new national record.[5]

Early life[edit]

Neeraj Chopra is from Khandra village, Panipat district, Haryana and belongs to Ror caste.[6][7] He was educated at DAV College, Chandigarh.

Neeraj is a Junior Commissioned Officer of the Indian Army with the rank of Naib Subedar in 2016.[8][9]

On 31 March 2020, he donated Rs. 2 Lakh in PM Cares Fund for COVID-19 pandemic.[10]


Neeraj won a gold medal at the 2016 South Asian Games with a throw of 82.23 m, where he equalled the Indian national record.

He won a gold medal in 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He also set a world junior record. Despite these performances, he failed to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics as the cut off date was 11 July.[11]

Neeraj won another gold medal in Asian Athletic championships 2017 with a throw of 85.23 meters.[12]

Neeraj Chopra registered a season best effort of 86.47 meters in men's javelin throw at 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG). With that, Chopra not only joined an elite list of Indian athletes to win a gold medal on their Commonwealth Games debut, but also became the first Indian to triumph in Javelin Throw at CWG.[13]

In May 2018, he again broke the national record at the Doha Diamond League with a throw of 87.43 meters.[14]

He is currently being coached by German bio-mechanics expert Klaus Bartonietz.[15] Previously, he has been coached by Gary Calvert,[16] Werner Daniels[17] and Uwe Hohn.[18]

On 27 August 2018, Neeraj threw a distance of 88.06 m to win gold in the Men's javelin throw at the 2018 Asian Games and set a new Indian national record, bettering his own previous record.[19][20]

On 5 March 2021, Neeraj Chopra again broke his past National Record setting the new at 88.07m, with a World Leading position in 2021.[21]

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra opened his international season of 2021 with an auspicious throw of 83.18 metres that earned him javelin gold medal at an event in Lisbon, Portugal. [22]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  India
2013 World Youth Championships Donetsk, Ukraine 19th (q) Javelin throw (700 g) 66.75 m
2015 Asian Championships Wuhan, China 9th Javelin throw 70.50 m
2016 2016 South Asian Games Guwahati, India 1st place, gold medalist(s) Javelin throw 82.23 m
Asian Junior Championships Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Javelin throw 77.60 m
World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 1st place, gold medalist(s) WJR Javelin throw 86.48 m
2017 Asian Grand Prix Series Jinhua, China 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Javelin throw 82.11 m[23]
Jiaxing, China 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 83.32 m[24]
Taipei, Taiwan 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 79.90 m[25]
Asian Championships Bhubaneswar, India 1st place, gold medalist(s) Javelin throw 85.23 m
IAAF Diamond League Paris, France 7th
(10 pts)
Javelin throw 84.67 m[26]
Fontvieille, Monaco 78.92 m[27]
Zurich, Switzerland 83.80 m[28]
World Championships London, United Kingdom 15th (q) Javelin throw 82.26 m
2018 Offenburg Speerwurf Meeting Offenburg, Germany 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Javelin throw 82.80 m[29]
Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 1st place, gold medalist(s) Javelin throw 86.47 m
IAAF Diamond League Doha, Qatar 4th
(17 pts)
Javelin throw 87.43 m[30]
Eugene, Oregon, USA 80.81 m[31]
Rabat, Morocco 83.32 m[32]
Zurich, Switzerland 85.73 m[33]
Sotteville Athletics Meet Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France 1st place, gold medalist(s) Javelin throw 85.17 m[34]
Savo Games Lapinlahti, Finland 1st place, gold medalist(s) Javelin throw 85.69 m[35]
Asian Games Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia 1st place, gold medalist(s) NR Javelin throw 88.06 m[36]
2020 Athletics Central North East Potchefstroom, South Africa Olympics quota Javelin throw 87.86[37]
NR−National Records
WJR−World U20 Junior Records
q−Qualification round


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  3. ^ "Asian Games 2018: Javelin star Neeraj Chopra named India's flag-bearer for opening ceremony". Hindustan Times. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Javelin Thrower Neeraj Chopra Undergoes Elbow Surgery To Remove Bone Fragments". Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Olympic Qualification: Neeraj Chopra's high class throw at a low-key meet". The Indian Express. 30 January 2020. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Celebrations at Neeraj's village". The Tribune. Tribune News Service. 27 August 2018. Archived from the original on 22 September 2018. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  7. ^ "'Zuckerberg and Katrina messaged me,' says junior javelin world champ Neeraj Chopra". 24 September 2016.
  8. ^ "World record holder Neeraj Chopra gets Army job, starts supporting farmer father". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Javelin hero Neeraj Chopra to join Indian Army". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  10. ^ "I have donated a sum of Rs.2 Lakh to #PMCARES fund and Rs.1 Lakh to the Haryana Covid Relief Fund. I hope we all can come together in our own individual capacities to bring relief during this time and help our nation overcome this pandemic". 31 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra becomes first Indian athlete to win world championships". Firstpost. 24 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Asian Athletics Championship: Slumbering Neeraj Chopra wakes up in time". 10 July 2017.
  13. ^ "CWG 2018: Neeraj Chopra wins javelin gold with season-best throw". The Times of India. 14 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  14. ^ "IAAF Diamond League: Neeraj Chopra breaks his own javelin throw national record again, finishes 4th". 4 May 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Neeraj Chopra no longer training with high-profile coach Hohn". The Indian Express. 30 November 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  16. ^ "Neeraj Chopra's former coach dies, javelin star posts emotional message". India Today. 28 July 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
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  21. ^ "National Record Again". Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  22. ^ "Neeraj Chopra wins gold in Lisbon, Portugal". The Times of India.
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  34. ^ "Neeraj Chopra wins gold at Sotteville Athletics Meet in France". TOI. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  35. ^ "Neeraj Chopra wins javelin gold at Savo Games". ESPN. 30 July 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  36. ^ "Athletics Men's Javelin Throw". Asian Games 2018 Official site. 27 August 2018. Archived from the original on 27 August 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  37. ^ "Neeraj Chopra qualifies for Tokyo Olympics in 1st competitive meet on injury return". India Today. 29 January 2020. Retrieved 11 April 2020.

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