Neeraj Chopra has taken India's pride to another level. Though he is young, the Indian javelin thrower, Neeraj Chopra broke all the records by becoming the first and only track and field athlete from the country to win an Olympic medal – that too a gold at a very young age.
For the first time India has won a gold medal in javelin throw at the Olympics. In 2008, Abhinav Bindra won India's first individual gold medal in shooting. After which Neeraj Chopra has become the second Indian to win an individual gold medal in javelin throw for the second time today.
With this Neeraj Chopra became the Indian who won not only the gold medal in the Olympic Games after 13 years but also the first Indian athlete to win an Olympic gold medal for India in the track and field event. India won its first medal in athletics 121 years ago today.
Neeraj Chopra has not only shown a great performance during the Olympics but he broke his own national record at the Paavo Nurmi Games 2022 with his best throw being 89.30m. He also won the gold medal by throwing 86.69 meters of javelin in the ongoing Kuarton Games in Finland in June 2022. He is now the first Indian to win Lausanne Diamond League.
But let us see the guy we know today how he became what he is now!!
Interesting Facts about Neeraj Chopra´s Sports Journey
Neeraj was fat as a child. His family got him a gym membership and he got in shape. The gym he went to was 20 km away.
When he was 13 years old he was admitted to the Tau Devi Lal Sports complex and he traveled 40 km everyday.
In the Under 16 National Junior Championships held in Lucknow in the year 2012, Neeraj Chopra achieved the gold medal by throwing 68.46 meters.
In the National Youth Championship, Neeraj Chopra had finished second in the year 2013 and after that he also made a position in the IAAF World Youth Championship.
Neeraj Chopra broke the age group record with a throw of 81.04m in the Inter University Championships. This competition was held in the year 2015.
Neeraj Chopra had set a new record in the Junior World Championships in the year 2016 by throwing 86.48 metres javelin and won the gold medal.
In the year 2016, Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal in the first round of the South Asian Games by throwing a throw of 82.23 metres.
In the Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast in the year 2018, Neeraj Chopra won another gold medal by throwing 86.47 metres javelin.
In the year 2018 itself, Neeraj Chopra threw the 88.06m javelin in the Jakarta Asian Games and brought glory to India by winning the gold medal.
Neeraj Chopra is the first Indian javelin thrower to get gold medal in Asian Games. Apart from this, Neeraj Chopra is the second player to win gold medals in Asian Games and Commonwealth Games in the same year. Earlier in the year 1958, this record was set by Milkha Singh.
Neeraj worked with single-minded purpose for 10 years. He underwent a surgery for an elbow injury in 2019 – equivalent to Roger Federer fracturing his right wrist. But he took the best biomechanical treatment from an expert in Germany, Klaus Bartoneitz.
In 2021, in the Tokyo Olympics he made his place in the finals with the best javelin throw, winning the gold medal.
In June 2022, Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal in Finland by throwing 86.69 metres.
Uwe Hohn, his German coach, is his greatest motivation and key behind his gold medal triumph. Uwe is himself an incredible champion with a record javelin throw of 104.8m.
Just like many other sports celebrities in India Neeraj Chopra has now started investing in startups. Neeraj recently invested in a company that has recently raised approximately 7.4 crore INR from a group of investors. 'One Impression' the startup that works with Influencer marketing has attracted investors and celebrities like Neeraj Chopra, Varun Alagh, Anupam Mittal and stand up comedians, Zakir Khan and Kanan Gill.
The Making of Champions in India
The modern India we live in today is greatly revolutionsed. Sports movement in India is on the rise. Indian sportspeople have outshined their competitors at various international events. From Neeraj Chopra to PV Sindhu, the country has basked in the glory of gold medals and the athletes have left no stone unturned to prove their potential in respective disciplines.
Their success comes as a result of tremendous hard work and perseverance, but another important contributing factor has been the encouragement they continue to receive from various top-notch organizations in the country.
A non-sporting culture prevailed in the country for years with cricket being an exception. This was also kind of a hindrance in the growth of this much-deserving industry. However, things have started to change in the last 5 years . The Indian sports industry is expanding beyond cricket, and this has shown up as an increase in participation, viewership, and also the betting industry.
Sports betting apps in India like the 22Bet App not only focus on the famous sports like cricket and football any more. But have expanded their horizons to betting on all sorts of Asian games, Commonwealth games and also the Olympics. They give special scintillating offers during the Olympics but 22Bet has already come up with a special bet 10 years ahead of the 2032 Olympics as to which animal will be the mascot of the upcoming Olympics. Isn't it interesting? What do you think it will be: Koala, White IBIS, Kangaroo or the Platypus! Only time will tell but if you want to join the fun do not miss on sports like the Olympics.
It is our national responsibility to promote every sports person like Neeraj Chopra who put in their best effort and deserves some appreciation. We think that now it is upto India as a country to promote this sports wave even more and look at the variety of investment opportunities that exist, from equipment to apparel manufacturing and retailing to advertising and of course talent management, and training.