Neeraj Chopra (born 24 December 1997)[1] is an Indian track and field athlete, who competes in the javelin throw. He represented India at the 2018 Asian Games where he won a gold medal, setting the national record of 88.06 m, and at the 2018 Commonwealth Games where he also clinched the gold medal. He was the 2016 IAAF World U20 champion and set the world junior record of 86.48 m at the U20 championships. Chopra was 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] He also represents India at the IAAF Diamond League.

Neeraj Chopra
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Personal information
Born (1997-12-24) 24 December 1997 (age 22)[1]
Panipat, Haryana, India
EducationDAV College, Chandigarh
Country India
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Javelin throw
Coached byUwe Hohn
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)88.06 (Asian Games 2018) NR
Updated on 27 August 2018.

Early lifeEdit

Chopra hails from Khandra village, Panipat district, Haryana.[4][5] He had his education from DAV College, Chandigarh.

Neeraj is a Junior Commissioned Officer of the Indian Army with the rank of Naib Subedar in 2016.[6][7]


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.[8]

Neeraj won another gold medal in Asian Athletic championships 2017 with a throw of 85.23 meters.[9]

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.[10]

In May 2018, he again broke the national record at the Doha Diamond League with a throw of 87.43 meters.[11]

He is currently coached by Uwe Hohn.[12]

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.[13][14]

International competitionsEdit

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   Javelin throw 82.23 m
Asian Junior Championships Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   Javelin throw 77.60 m
World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland   WJR Javelin throw 86.48 m
2017 Asian Grand Prix Series Jinhua, China   Javelin throw 82.11 m[15]
Jiaxing, China   83.32 m[16]
Taipei, Taiwan   79.90 m[17]
Asian Championships Bhubaneswar, India   Javelin throw 85.23 m
IAAF Diamond League Paris, France 7th
(10 pts)
Javelin throw 84.67 m[18]
Fontvieille, Monaco 78.92 m[19]
Zurich, Switzerland 83.80 m[20]
World Championships London, United Kingdom 15th (q) Javelin throw 82.26 m
2018 Offenburg Speerwurf Meeting Offenburg, Germany   Javelin throw 82.80 m[21]
Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia   Javelin throw 86.47 m
IAAF Diamond League Doha, Qatar 4th
(17 pts)
Javelin throw 87.43 m[22]
Eugene, Oregon, USA 80.81 m[23]
Rabat, Morocco 83.32 m[24]
Zurich, Switzerland 85.73 m[25]
Sotteville Athletics Meet Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France   Javelin throw 85.17 m [26]
Savo Games Lapinlahdella, Finland   Javelin throw 85.69 m [27]
Asian Games Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia   NR Javelin throw 88.06 m[28]
2020 Athletics Central North East Potchefstroom, South Africa Olympics quota Javelin throw 87.86 m [29]
NR−National Records
WJR−World U20 Junior Records
q−Qualification round


  1. ^ a b "NEERAJ CHOPRA: Athlete profile". IAAF.
  2. ^ "Neeraj Chopra to be India's flag-bearer at Asian Games opening ceremony". The Indian Express. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Asian Games 2018: Javelin star Neeraj Chopra named India's flag-bearer for opening ceremony". hindustantimes. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Celebrations at Neeraj's village". The Tribune (Chandigarh). Tribune News Service. 27 August 2018. Archived from the original on 22 September 2018. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  5. ^ "'Zuckerberg and Katrina messaged me,' says junior javelin world champ Neeraj Chopra". 24 September 2016.
  6. ^ "World record holder Neeraj Chopra gets Army job, starts supporting farmer father". THE TIMES OF INDIA. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Javelin hero Neeraj Chopra to join Indian Army". THE TIMES OF INDIA. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra becomes first Indian athlete to win world championships". Firstpost. 24 July 2016.
  9. ^ Neeraj Chopra Wins Gold at Asian Athletic championships 2017
  10. ^ "CWG 2018: Neeraj Chopra wins javelin gold with season-best throw". Times of India. 14 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  11. ^ "IAAF Diamond League: Neeraj Chopra breaks his own javelin throw national record again, finishes 4th". 4 May 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Neeraj Chopra to train with Uwe Hohn in Finland". The Times of India. 2 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Asian Games, Live Updates, Day 9: India's Neeraj Chopra Clinches Gold Medal in Javelin Throw Final". News18. 27 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Asian Games, Live Updates, Day 9: India's Neeraj Chopra Closing in On Gold, Breaks National Record". News18. 27 August 2018.
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  21. ^ "Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra wins silver at Offenburg meet with a throw of 82.80m". 4 February 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
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  26. ^ "Neeraj Chopra wins gold at Sotteville Athletics Meet in France". TOI. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  27. ^ "Neeraj Chopra wins javelin gold at Savo Games". ESPN. 30 July 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  28. ^ "Athletics Men's Javelin Throw". Asian Games 2018 Official site. 27 August 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  29. ^ "Neeraj Chopra qualify for the Tokyo Olympics 2020". 30 January 2020. Retrieved 30 January 2020.

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