Neeraj Chopra is an Indian track and field athlete and the reigning Olympic champion, World championship silver medalist, and the Diamond League champion in javelin throw who represents India in the javelin throw. In 2016, he is ranked as Junior Commissioned Officer (Subedar) in the Indian Army. On September 8, 2022, Neeraj won the Diamond League Finals in Zürich, with a best throw of 88.44m. He became the first Indian to do so.
Track and Field Athlete
Birthday / Date of Birth
Neeraj Chopra was born on the 24th of December 1997, in Panipat, Haryana, India.
He is currently 25 years old.
Neeraj completed his primary education from BVN Public School in Mumbai and then graduated from Dayanand Anglo-Vedic College in Chandigarh. And then he is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts from Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar, Punjab.
- Father –Satish Kumar Chopra (Farmer)
- Mother – Saroj Devi
- Siblings – Sangeeta and Sarita
Girlfriend / Spouse
Neeraj Chopra has dated –
Neeraj has largely opted to keep his personal life away from the public spotlight, which makes it difficult for us to say anything about his love life and dating history.
- In feet – 6 feet
- In centimeters – 182 cm
- In meters – 1.82 m
- In Kilograms – 86 kg
- In Pounds – 189 lbs
Chopra became known as the winner of the gold medal for India at the Olympics. He is also the first track and field athlete from India to win at the IAAF World U20. He was nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year award (2020), making him only the third Indian to fetch a Laureus nomination after cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and wrestler Vinesh Phogat.
Neeraj has done endorsement work for several brands such as CRED and Tata AIA Life Insurance.
Neeraj Chopra Net worth
Chopra has an estimated net worth of $4 million dollars as of 2022.
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Some Lesser Known Facts About Neeraj Chopra
- Neeraj started his training in the javelin at the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Panchkula, Haryana, and due to lack of proper facilities, he continued his training at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula, Haryana.
- In 2014, he won his first international medal, a silver at the Youth Olympics Qualification in Bangkok.
- In 2014, he achieved his first throw of over 70 metres at the 2014 senior nationals.
- In 2015, Chopra broke the previous world record in the junior category, throwing 81.04 metres in the 2015 All India Inter-University Athletics meet; this was his first throw of over 80 metres.
- At the 2016 South Asian Games, Chopra achieved a new personal best during the athletics finals in Guwahati on 9 February, winning gold with a throw of 82.23 meters, though falling short of the 83-meter Olympic qualifying mark.
- 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, becoming the first Indian athlete to achieve a world record, at the same time setting a new national record.
- Chopra won gold in the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships with a throw of 85.23 metres.
- In the men’s javelin throw at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, he registered a season-best effort of 86.47 metres, becoming the first Indian to win the javelin throw at the Commonwealth Games.
- In May 2018, he again broke the national record at the Doha Diamond League with a throw of 87.43 metres.
- In preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, subsequently postponed to 2021, Chopra trained with guidance from his German coach Uwe Hohn, biomechanics expert Klaus Bartonietz and physiotherapist Ishaan Marwaha.
- In 2021, Chopra made his debut at the Olympics, representing India in the Japan National Stadium and He topped his qualifying group for entry to the final with a throw of 86.65 metres. Chopra won the gold medal in the final on 7 August with a throw of 87.58 m in his second attempt, becoming the first Indian Olympian to win a gold medal in athletics, and the first post-independence Indian Olympic medalist in athletics.
- Chopra made a high-voltage return to competition at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland on June 14. He won the silver medal with a new personal best of 89.30m while setting the new national record.
- In 27 August 2021, Army Sports Institute (ASI) stadium of Pune cantonment renamed Neeraj Chopra Stadium by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
- In 2022, Chopra With his throw of 88.13m on his fourth attempt in the men’s javelin throw final in Oregon, Neeraj Chopra ensured himself a historic silver medal. This is India’s only second medal at the World Athletics Championships after long-jumper Anju Bobby George’s bronze in 2003.
- On August 26, 2022, he won first place at the Lausanne Diamond League Meeting with a throw of 89.09m, thereby also qualifying for the Zurich Final and 2023 World Championships.
- In July 2022, Neeraj missed the Commonwealth Games 2022 because of a groin injury that he incurred during World Athletics Championships. Hence, he was not able to defend his title.
- In June 2022, during Kuortane Games in Finland, Neeraj won his first Gold medal of 2022. His best throw was of 86.69 m in the contest.