Neeraj Chopra Has surprised everyone with his performance in the Tokyo Olympics. The dashing boy from Haryana broke the men’s Group A record in his maiden Olympic Games. The record is also not like this, but only left behind world champion Johannes Wetter of Germany. While Neeraj raised the hope of another Olympic medal for India, even famous industrialist Anand Mahindra could not hold back his emotions. Tweeting the picture of Neeraj Chopra, he wrote, ‘A star is born….’ That is, another star has been born. On the other hand, hundreds of Twitter users are praising Neeraj Chopra wholeheartedly and congratulating him. Due to this #JavelinThrow has started trending. Let us know who is Neeraj Chopra and how has been his journey so far…
Journey from Golu-Molu Chore to Athlete
Born in Haryana’s Khandara village, Neeraj Chopra’s journey to reduce obesity started with a running race, which has reached a record in the Olympics. Chopra became a victim of obesity at the age of 12, when the family members started including her in sports. Then he was attached to Shivaji Stadium in Panipat where he trained fiercely. Neeraj, who is interested in cricket, caught sight of some senior players practicing javelin throw in the stadium. Neeraj felt that he should also participate in Javelin Throw once. This desire led him to the Olympics.
Seeing senior player got interested in javelin throw
Neeraj had told the English newspaper Hindustan Times, ‘When I was 11 years old, my weight was 80 kg, to reduce it, I used to go to Shivaji Stadium in Panipat on holidays. Although I used to run a lot to lose weight, I never liked running. I used to watch my senior Jaiveer practicing from a distance, who used to play javelin from Haryana at that time. One day I tried my hand at Javelin by asking Jaiveer, after which I felt that I could throw it even further and slowly I realized that I was made for it.
When I tried my hand, I got interested
Actually, when Neeraj took part in Javelin Throw for the first time in the stadium, he liked this game very much. He considered it as his career and started working hard. But, there was no proper arrangement for high level practice at Shivaji Stadium. There were no good coaches and even tracks. Here, Neeraj’s Javelin Thru started speaking loudly day by day. Due to this, he moved to Panchkula only after two years, where the athletics nursery located at Tau Devi Lal Stadium became a place to cherish his dreams. He started winning medals in domestic competitions on the strength of hard work. The 2012 Athletics Championships brought him a gold medal with a new record. But, the very next year in 2013, he faced a lot of disappointment in the IAAF World Youth Championship held in Donetsk, Ukraine. Neeraj got 19th place in this competition.
When I was 11 years old, my weight was 80 kg, to reduce it, I used to go to Shivaji Stadium in Panipat on holidays. Although I used to run a lot to lose weight, I never liked running. I used to watch my senior Jaiveer practicing from a distance, who used to play javelin from Haryana at that time. One day I tried my hand at Javelin by asking Jaiveer, after which I felt that I could throw it even further and slowly I realized that I was made for it.
Neeraj Chopra, javelin thrower
The performance dropped, but did not let the morale fall
However, he did not let his morale drop. He began to find and remove his shortcomings, due to which his performance started improving. In 2015, Neeraj was ranked 9th in the Asian Athletics Championships held in Wuhan, China. The next year he won the gold medal in the South Asian Games. This was his first international gold medal. In the same year he also won a silver medal at the Asian Junior Championships. Neeraj did not stop here, he dazzled everyone by winning the gold medal in the IAAF Under-20 World Cup. He set a new record at the junior level by throwing javelin for a distance of 86.48 meters in this World Cup. Thus, Chopra emerged as the first Indian star of Javelin. In the next two years, Neeraj buried his own flag. He won gold medals at the 2018 Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. He also performed well in that year’s IAAF Diamond League and finished fourth. It was the best of his previous performances.
injury also bothered
At the end of the 2018 season, Neeraj injured his elbow. Due to this he had to take rest for a few months. He also could not participate in the 2019 IAAF World Championships. Also, he was forced to withdraw from the National Open Athletics Championships at the last minute. Then after recovering from the groan of injury, today Neeraj is spreading a smile on the faces of all Indians. He threw 86.65 meters in his first attempt at the Olympics, which is a record so far. So far this achievement has broken the German player’s record of 85.64 meters. He will face Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem.
Everyone is saying – wow-wow, amazing!
Wishing Neeraj all the best for the final match. His performance in the first Olympics is being highly appreciated. People on Twitter are expressing their feelings through #JavelinThrow, including veteran faces from different walks of life. Cricket legend VVS Laxman wrote, ‘What a wonderful start Neeraj Chopra has made in the Olympics. Throwing 86.65m javelin in the first attempt made it first in the group and reached the final.
Film producer Neel Madhav Panda writes, ‘What a throw!!! The start is great. Best wishes for the final.
Haryana Sports Minister Sandeep Singh said, “What a wonderful start Neeraj Chopra has made in javelin throw. Announced our presence in splendid style… Shaandaar Neeraj, Lage Raho.’
BJP’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra has also praised Neeraj’s achievement. He tweeted the video and wrote, ‘Fantastic, Neezer Chopra.’
Many hopes left in Tokyo Olympics
Keep in mind that India has got two medals in the Tokyo Olympics. Mirabai Chanu won silver medal in weightlifting while PV Sindhu won bronze medal for India in badmint. Now medals are also being expected from Neeraj Chopra. At the same time, there is a hope of getting medals in the field of hockey and wrestling and boxing as well.