Neeraj Chopra: Biography, Height, Weight, Career, Family

Neeraj Chopra

Feel proud of the victory that makes history and enjoys this victory with the tears which come from deep within the heart of happiness. I am talking about Neeraj Chopra’s historic victory

Neeraj Chopra is an Indian Javelin thrower who is the first track and field athlete to win the gold medal in the Javelin, and sent it a staggering distance of 87.58m in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic in his second attempt, on 7 August 2021.

No Indian has won a medal in athletics since the country started taking part in the Olympics in 1920. It means Neeraj Chopra ends India’s 100 years wait for an Olympic medal in athletics. 121 years ago, that is in 1900 when the Olympics started in Paris, Norman Pritchard won a medal for India in athletics, but various researchers, including the record of IAAF (now World Athletics), showed that he had competed for Great Britain.

Milka Singh came close in Rome, P. T. Usha came close in Barcelona, now Neeraj Chopra has finally fulfilled all their dreams.

 I like to share some emotions and tweets are made to the victory of Neeraj Chopra at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic

P. T. Usha:

Realised my Unfinished dream today after 37 years.

Thank you, my son,”

Milkha Singh’s Son Jeev:

    “Dad from above is crying in joy. His dream has come true. Crying as I write this message. Proud moment for India. Salute him for his determination and hard work.

God bless”

Milkha Singh (1929-2021):

“It’s my dream to see an Indian athlete win a gold medal at the Olympics that I lost in Rome”

Present prime minister Narendra Modi:

“History has been scripted in Tokyo and what Neeraj Chopra has achieved today will be remembered forever. The young Neeraj has done exceptionally well. He played with remarkable passion and showed unparalleled grit. Congratulations to him for winning the Gold.”

The present President of India Ram Nath Kovind:

“Unprecedented win by Neeraj Chopra! Your Javelin gold breaks barriers and creates history. You bring home the first-ever track and field medal to India in your first Olympics. Your feat will inspire our youth. India is elated! Heartiest congratulations”.

Biography of Neeraj Chopra

NameNeeraj Chopra
Born24 December 1997
Age (as of 2021)23 years old
HometownPanipat, Haryana, India
EducationDav College, Chandigarh
Educational qualificationGraduate
Profession (s)Javelin Thrower & Junior
 A commissioned officer in the Indian Army
Net worth$ 1 million to $ 5 million
Father’s NameSatish Kumar Chopra
Mother’s NameSaroj Devi
SiblingsSisters – Sangeeta & Sarita
Marital StatusUnmarried
Zodiac signCapricorn
Height6 ft. 0 in.
WeightApprox 86 kg
Eye ColourBlack
Hair colorBlack
Favorite Javelin ThrowerJan Zelezny
Favorite ActorAkshay Kumar
Favorite FilmRocky series
Favorite singersRajendra Kharkia and KD

Personal information:

Neeraj Chopra was born on 24 December 1997 in Khandra village, Panipat District, Haryana, India. His father is Satish Kumar Chopra and his mother’s name is Saroj Devi. He belongs to an agricultural joint family. He has two sisters, Sangeeta and Sarita. He graduated from Dayanand Anglo – Vedic college in Chandigarh.

Earlier Journey:

In his childhood, he used to wear a white Kurta – Pajama. His village people used to call him ‘Sarpanch’. As an obese child, at the age of 11, he weighed 80 kilos. To lose weight and to get into shape his father enrolled him in a Gymnasium at Madlauda. Later he enrolled in a gym in Panipat while he also visited the Panipat Stadium where he met Jaiveer Choudhary who has represented Haryana in Javelin practice. Jaiveer is the first person who recognized his talent as a Javelin Thrower.

When he was 14, he left home due to a lack of facilities for his village’s sportspersons.

After training under Choudhary for a year, He was enrolled at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Panchkula. The sports complex was then one of only two facilities in the state of Haryana with a synthetic runway.

Neeraj practiced in Devi Lal Sports complex only, under the coach Naseem Ahmed, who made him train in long-distance running along with the Javelin Throw.

After years of training, he participated in various national and international Javelin throw competitions and raised India’s dignity by winning medals.

In 2016 he was appointed as a junior commission officer in an Indian army in the parent unit 4 Rajputana Rifles. After some time, he was selected for training at the Mission Olympic wing and the Army Sports Institute in Pune. Later Neeraj was promoted from Naib Subedar rank to Subedar rank.


  1. In 2018, he won the Arjuna Award.
  2. In 2020, as Republic Day Honours, he received the Vishisht Seva Medal.


CompetitionMedalYear & VenueEvent
Olympics GamesGold medal2020 TokyoJavelin Throw
Asian GamesGold medal2018 JakartaJavelin Throw
Commonwealth GamesGold medal2018 Gold CoastJavelin Throw
Asian ChampionshipGold medal2017 BhubaneshwarJavelin Throw
South Asian GamesGold medal2016 Guwahati / ShillongJavelin Throw
World Junior ChampionshipGold medal2016 BydgoszczJavelin Throw
Asian Junior ChampionshipSilver medal  2016 Ho Chi Minh CityJavelin Throw

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