Track and Field Prodigy Neeraj Chopra

18-year-old Neeraj Chopra is already being hailed as a track and field prodigy. Hailing from Panipat, a small town in Northern India, Neeraj is the current National Record holder in the javelin throw. He is also the first Indian to win a gold medal in the World Junior Championships. In 2017, he won gold at the Asian Athletics Championships with a throw of 86.48m. Here is a closer look at this young man’s amazing journey.

Neeraj Chopra

Neeraj Chopra was born into a family of farmers on December 21, 1997, in Panipat, India. He took up athletics seriously in 2010 when he joined the Army Sports Institute in Pune. At first, he excelled in sprinting events but was encouraged to try out the javelin throw by his coach Garry Calvert. It did not take long for Neeraj to find his true calling. In 2012, he won gold at the Asian Youth Championships with a throw of 77.19m. This was just the beginning of his many achievements.

Over the next few years, Neeraj would go on to win gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2015 Asian Championships, and 2016 South Asian Games. He also set a new National Record with a throw of 86.48m at the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships. Most recently, he won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games with a throw of 85.94m. With each passing year, Neeraj keeps getting better and better, and there is no telling how far he can go!


It is clear that Neeraj Chopra is destined for greatness. This 18-year-old track and field athlete from India has already accomplished so much and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. With each passing year, Neeraj keeps setting new records and winning gold medals at prestigious competitions. We can’t wait to see what he does next!

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