Neeraj CHOPRA

Индия IND

Легкая атлетика

  • Год рождения
    1997

Биография

Neeraj CHOPRA

India is renowned for its brilliant cricketers, hockey player, badminton player and shooters – but its track and field athletes have rarely made a huge mark on the sport internationally. Chopra, however, is changing all that. The Panipit-born javelin thrower is a sensation.

Chopra won the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, where he set a new Indian national record of 88.06m, and was flag bearer at the opening ceremony.

He also won gold at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, was 2016 IAAF World U20 champion, and set the world junior record, of 86.48m. Still just 22, he will travel to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as one of his country’s big hopes for a medal – but whether he makes the podium or not this time around, Chopra is surely one for the future. He will certainly be keen to show what he can do, having missed out on qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as an up and coming young athlete.

He is coming into form as the Games approach. Chopra once again broke the Indian national javelin record in May 2018, at the Doha Diamond League, with a massive throw of 87.43m.