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Facts About The Indian Athlete Neeraj Chopra, The Tokyo Olympics Gold Medalist 

Facts About The Indian Athlete Neeraj Chopra, The Tokyo Olympics Gold Medalist

Neeraj Chopra, the Indian track and field athlete has certainly created history as yesterday he won Gold medal in Javelin Throw event at the Tokyo Olympics. With this Gold medal, the total number of medals that India has won at Tokyo Olympics has gone up to seven which is the best ever performance of India after London Olympics 2012 in which India won total six medals.

Let us tell you some facts about Neeraj Chopra, the athlete who made all of us proud:

1. Neeraj Chopra has won the first Gold medal for India at the Tokyo Olympics and it is also the first Gold medal won by an Indian athlete in track and field event in the history of Olympics.

2. With this Gold medal, Neeraj Chopra becomes second Indian to win an individual Gold medal at Olympics after Abhinav Bindra who won Gold medal in shooting at Beijing Olympics 2008.

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3. Neeraj Chopra produced the second throw of 87.58m at the Tokyo Olympics for winning the Gold medal.

4. Neeraj Chopra will be the flag-bearer for India at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.

5. 23-yr old Neeraj Chopra belongs from Khandra village, Panipat, Haryana and his father, Satish Kumar is a farmer while his mother, Saroj Devi is a homemaker. Brother of two sisters, Neeraj Chopra is a graduate from the Dayanand Anglo-Vedic (DAV) College, Chandigarh and presently he is pursuing B.A (Bachelor of Arts) from the famous university, Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar, Punjab.

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6. In his childhood days, Neeraj Chopra was obese and used to weigh 90kg at the age of 12. His father was very worried about his weight so he made him took admission in a gymnasium in Madlauda but after Neeraj stopped going there after some time because he didn’t liked to go there. After that, he joined a gym at Panipat which was near to Panipat Sports Authority of India centre. Neeraj Chopra used to visit it sometimes and it was then his talent was recognized by a Javelin thrower, Jaiveer Singh.

7. In 2016, Neeraj Chopra was commissioned at the rank of Naik Subedar in the Indian Army.

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8.The first international medal that was won by Neeraj Chopra was silver at the Youth Olympics Qualification which was held in Bangkok. Chopra has also won a Gold medal at 2016 South Asian Games and also at 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland where he made a World Junior record.

9. In 2017, Neeraj Chopra won Gold medal in the Asian Athletics Championship and in 2018, he joined the premier list of athletes who won Gold medal in their debut at the Commonwealth Games. In the same year, he once again broke the national record by producing the throw of 87.43m at Doha Diamond League.

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10.In August 2018, Neeraj Chopra represented India at the Asian Games and not only won the Gold medal by producing a throw of 88.06m but also improved his own previous national record and it was also the first Gold medal for the country in Javelin Throw in the history of Asian Games.

11. Neeraj Chopra made his debut in Olympics at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and qualified for the final with a throw of 86.65m and created history by winning the Gold medal for the country.

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12. Neeraj Chopra’s present coach Uwe Hohn is a retired German track and field athlete who holds the record of highest Javelin Throw of 104.80m and he is the only athlete to cross the 100m mark in Javelin Throw.

Congratulations to the young rising star and hope to see him giving some more great performances for the country.

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