Neeraj Chopra: Farmer’s Son Who Became India’s 1st Olympic Gold Medalist In Field and Track
Neeraj Chopra India’s finest javelin thrower, the reigning Asian and Commonwealth Games champion grew up in Khandra village in Haryana’s Panipat district and hadn’t even seen a javelin, let alone dream about being the pioneer of getting Gold Medal in Indian athletics. Now Neeraj Chopra is the main reason several Indian youngsters have gravitated towards the javelin.
At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics India has had many athletes on whom the country had pinned their hopes for an Olympic medal, but few have succeeded in pulling it off at the grandest stage. For a country that refuses to give up on hope, it is Neeraj Chopra this time who is carrying the dreams of 1.3 billion people on his shoulders.
Neeraj Chopra scripted history by winning the gold in Men’s javelin throw event in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. This is India’s first gold in this year’s Olympics and also the first-ever gold in track and field event. With this medal, India now has won 7 medals in total including one gold, two silver and four bronze.
A pre-tournament medal contender, the 23-year-old Chopra fueled country’s expectations by topping the qualification round with a stunning first round throw of 86.59m.
From being an overweight guy to becoming a javelin champion
Neeraj Chopra serves as a commissioned officer in the Indian Army
Neeraj Chopra had joined the Indian Army and feels the satisfaction of being able to financially support his farmer father will enhance his performance. He has been appointed a Junior Commissioned Officer by the Indian Army. Neeraj Chopra trains with Uwe Hohn, one of the world’s most renowned coaches, and will be aiming to break the European deadlock of the sport. Germany’s Uwe Hohn is the only javelin thrower in the history of the sport to throw the javelin over 100m meters.
Hope of billions of people in the Olympics came true
India’s hope for the second individual Olympic gold medal has been fulfilled since Abhinav Bindra bagged the gold in shooting at the Beijing Olympics 2008. After winning a gold medal in the Javelin throw event at the Tokyo Olympics, the 13 years wait comes to an end with a gold medal hanging from Neeraj’s neck, it is independent India’s first-ever gold in athletics. For sure, blessings of 1.3 billion people and his hard work made every Indian proud at a big stage. with him.