World Athletics Championships: Neeraj Chopra Unknown Facts: Neeraj Chopra has been the talk of the world ever since his victory in Tokyo…
World Athletics Championships: Neeraj Chopra Unknown Facts: Neeraj Chopra has been the talk of the world ever since he won the Tokyo Olympics. He has indeed become a household name in India with increasing popularity and stardom. He has a golden chance to go further with a medal, possibly gold, in the men’s javelin throw final at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday (Sunday in India). Follow WCH Oregon 2022 live with InsideSport.IN
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Despite being a known figure, there are many interesting facts about Neeraj, which let us understand why he is one of the greatest Indian athletes of the generation.
Here are ten facts about Neeraj Chopra
90 kg at age 12 was: Neeraj Chopra is now fit as a fiddle. But when he was a child of around 10-12 years there was no such scene. His weight was 90 kg and his uncle helped him lose weight.
Lack of family time: Due to his rigorous and tight training schedule abroad, Neeraj does not get much time to attend his family’s important functions. Usually, his visits to the house are limited to about two to three times a year.
Trainer by Javelin Great: Neeraj was coached by Germany’s javelin great Ue John since 2017 and he helped him become a great athlete. Interestingly, the German is the only thrower to hold the record for throwing the javelin over 100 meters. AFI did not renew John’s contract last year.
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Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna in 2018 and Padma Shri in 2022: Long before becoming the poster boy of Indian Olympic sports, he was the only track and field athlete in 2018 to be nominated for the Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award by the Athletics Federation of India. After the Tokyo gold, he has also been awarded the Padma Shri.
First flight for parents: After winning Tokyo Olympic gold, he took his parents on their first flight in September 2021. “One of my little dreams came true today as I got to take my parents on their first flight,” Neeraj Chopra shared about it on Instagram along with some pictures.
Volleyball: He took up the sport of javelin only in 2011. Till then, like other Indians he played cricket. Also, he loved to play volleyball.
First major limelight: He gained global attention in 2016 when he broke the world record at the World Under-20 Championship. He threw 85.94 meters. From there, it’s only been an uphill climb in the international arena.
First Indian: That throw helped him become the first Indian track and field athlete to win a medal at the World Championships in 2016.
His rivalry with Peters: There has been much talk of Anderson Peters, who will be his main challenger for gold at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday (Sunday in India). But Neeraj beat him twice in the last month and beat him to win gold in CWG 2018.
Sole Record Holder: Since 2016, the national record is held by Neeraj Chopra, who has been improving year by year. From 82.23 in 2016, it improved to 89.94m, which he achieved in Stockholm earlier this month.
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