Neeraj Chopra Life History in Short Words
“Neeraj Chopra (born 24 December 1997) is an Indian track and field athlete who’s the reigning Olympic champion and world crown tableware semifinalist in pikestaff. He’s the first Asian athlete to win an Olympic gold medal in the men’s pikestaff gamble.
A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) in the Indian Army, Chopra is the first track and field athlete to win a gold medal for India at the Olympics. He’s also the first track and field athlete from India to win at the IAAF World U20 Crowns, where in 2016 he achieved a world under-20 record distance of 86.48 m, becoming the first Indian athlete to set a world record.
Neeraj Chopra is the only Indian to win a gold medal at the Olympics in the track and field events for India. In his debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Chopra won the gold medal on August 7, 2021, with a score of 87.58 m in his alternate attempt. As of 2021 (update), he’s one of only two Indians to have won an individual Olympic gold medal (the other being Abhinav Bindra), as well as the youngest-ever Indian Olympic gold semifinalist in an individual event and the only one to have won gold in his Olympic debut.
Impressed with Chopra’s performance at the South Asian Games and his unborn eventuality, the Indian Army offered him a direct appointment as a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) in the Rajputana Rifles with the rank of Naib Subedar, a rank generally not incontinently granted to athletes, who are generally signed as non-commissioned officers (NCO).
He accepted the offer and joined the army under a sports share. After training under Choudhary for a time, the 13-year-old Chopra was admitted to the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Panchkula. In 2015, Chopra broke the former world record in the inferior order, throwing 81.04 metres in the 2015 All India Inter-University Athletics meet; this was his first gamble of over 80 metres.
Chopra finished fifth at the 2015 National Games in Kerala, and entered a message for the public-position training camp as a result, leaving Panchkula in 2016 to train at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala. According to Chopra, his addition to the public camp marked a turning point in his career, as he gained access to better installations, a better quality diet, and a better standard of training than that available at Panchkula.
According to him, training with a public position pikestaff flier boosted his morale. Chopra was also assigned his first devoted pikestaff trainer, 2010 Commonwealth Games citation quarterfinalist Kashinath Naik, but he set up Naik’s training authority too delicately and continued training on his own after a month and a half.
At the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Chopra set a world inferior record of 86.48 m, becoming the first Indian athlete to achieve a world record while at the same time setting a new public record. Although his U20 record surpassed that of defending Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott, Chopra failed to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics as the cut-off date had been July 11, the week before the U20 crowns.
His preparation for Rio had also been hampered by a back injury sustained in April 2016 during the Federation Cup in New Delhi, which had noticeably affected his performance in competition. He was formally instated as a JCO in December 2016, and latterly entered extended leave to continue his training. Chopra won gold in the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships with a score of 85.23 points.