One of the Indians who won an individual Olympic Gold Medal Neeraj Chopra as well as the Youngest ever Indian Olympic gold medalist in an individual event and the one to have won gold in his Olympic debut. A Junior Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army is the first track and field athlete from India to win at the IAAF World U20 Championships, where in 2016 he became the first Indian athlete to set a world record.
● Nickname- Nijju
● Date of Birth- 24 December 1997
● Place of Birth- Khandra Village, Panipat District, Haryana, India
● Zodiac Sign- Capricorn
● Father’s Name- Satish Kumar Chopra
● Mother’s Name- Saroj Devi
● Sister’s Name- Sangeeta and Sarita
● Profession- Javelin Thrower and Junior Commissioned Officer
● Coach- Gary Calvert, Naseem Ahmad, Klaus Bartonietz, Werner Daniels
● Personal Coach- Uwe Hohn
● Army Coach- Raj Kumar
He started his training in the javelin at the Sports Authority of India, due to lack of proper facilities, he continued his training at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium. After years of training, he participated in various national and international Javelin Throw Competitions and brought laurels to the nation. He has won various medals in competitions like Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Asian Championships.
In 2016, on winning the U20 World Championship and making a national record, the CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg congratulated him on social media.
He represented India at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in Javelin Throw which was held in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. During an interview, his uncle shared that he had kept his phone off for a year before the Tokyo Olympics 2020 to avoid any distraction.
On 7th August 2021, he won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and became the first Indian to win a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.