Olympic 2021 Gold Medalist Neeraj Chopra: Check Biography, Networth, Family, Physique and more

Get to know all about Javelin Throw Athelete Tokyo Olympic Gold Medal Winner Neeraj Chopra; His Career, Height, Weight, Age, Family, Background and much more.

Neeraj Chopra

Neeraj Chopra was born on 24 December 1997 in Panipat, Haryana. Now he is 24 years old and he has won a lot of gold in Olympics. His Height is 180 cm or 5ft.11inches and his weight is 86 kg. He falls under the category of track and field and is ranked at 4. His coach’s name is Uwe Hohn. He is still unmarried and His father’s name is Satish Kumar and his mother’s name is Saroj Devi. His Education is from is DAV College. Neeraj Chopra is the first Indian athlete to win the world title in track and field U-20.

Neeraj Chopra Biography

Full NameNaib Subedar Neeraj Chopra
Profession(s)Javelin Thrower and Junior Commissioned Officer
DOBDecember 24, 1997
Age(as of 2021)24 Years
BirthplaceKhandra Village, Panipat District, Haryana
Hometown Khandra Village, Panipat District, Haryana
FatherSatish Kumar Chopra (Farmer)
MotherSaroj Devi (Housewife)
Sister(s)Sarita and Sangeeta
Zodiac SignCapricon
HeightIn centimetres- 180 cm
In metres- 1.80 m
In Feet and Inches- 5’11”
WeightIn kilograms- 86 kg
In pounds- 189 lbs
Eye ColorBlack
Hair ColorBlack
College/UniversityDAV College, Chandigarh;
Kurukshetra University, Haryana
Educational QualificationGraduation (Correspondence)
EthnicityRor Maratha
Food HabitVegetarin turned Non-Vegetarian
Coache(s)/ Mentor(s)Gary Calvert
Naseem Ahmad
Klaus Bartonietz
Werner Daniels
Uwe Hohn (Personal coach)
Raj Kumar (Army Coach)
2016: South Asian Games in Guwahati, India
2016: World U20 Championship in Bydgoszcz, Poland
2017: Asian Championship in Bhubaneshwar, India
2018: Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia
2018: Sotteville Athletics Meet in Sotteville-les-Rouen, France
2018: Savo Games in Lapinlahti, Finland
2018: Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia
2021: Tokyo Olympics 2020
2016: Asian Junior Championships in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2017: Asian Grand Prix Series in Jinhua and Jiaxing, China
2018: Offenburg Speerwurf Meeting in Offenburg, Germany
2017: Asian Grand Prix Series in Taepei, Taiwan
Record(s)2018: National Record of 88.06m Mark at the Asian Games
2021: National Record of 88.07m Mark at the Indian Grand Prix
Awards, Honors,
and Achievements
2017: Hindustan Times Top 30 under 30 awarded by
Captain Amarinder Singh
2018: Arjuna Award
2020: Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM)
2021: Sportstar ACES Award- Sportsman of the Decade
(Track and Field)
2021: Major Dhyanchand Khel Ratna Award
Marrital StatusUnmarried
Javelin ThrowerJan Zelezny
SingerRajender Kharkia and KD
MovieRocky Series, Laal Rang (2016)
ActorAkshay Kumar, Randeep Hooda
Virtual Game(s)Javelin Master 2, Brothers in Arms and Asphaltate
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Neeraj Chopra- Early Life, Family and Background

Neeraj Chopra was born to Satish Kumar and his wife. He comes from a humble family background residing in Khandra village of Panipat district. His father is a farmer and his mother is a housewife. He has two sisters.

Neeraj’s interest in javelin throw happened by chance when he saw Jaiveer Choudhary practicing Javelin Throw at the Panipat stadium. He would regularly visit Panipat stadium to work on his fitness and lose weight as he was fat and chubby. Little did he know about the javelin throw until he tried his hands on the sport. His talent was spotted by the seniors at the stadium and inspired to take up the sport seriously.

Neeraj had faced difficulty in travelling from his home to the stadium due to lack of public transport in his village, instead, he would take lifts from the passing vehicles for a 16-17 kilometers journey to reach the training ground. He later shifted his base to the Athletics Nursery at the Taluka Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula because of the lack of proper infrastructure in the Panipat Stadium.

In 2016, he joined the Indian Army and is currently serving as Junior Commissioned Officer with the rank of Naib Subedar. Neeraj is a graduate of DAV College in Chandigarh, Punjab.

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Neeraj Chopra Career

Neeraj Chopra is a resident of Panipat in Haryana. His father is a farmer and he cultivates in his small village Khandra. Neeraj has two sisters and his mother is a housewife. From the age of 11, his interest in the javelin was due to Jai Chaudhary because he used to practice at Panipat Stadium and Neeraj was attracted to this game just after seeing him.

Jaiveer has represented Haryana in Javelin Athlete. At the age of 11, Neeraj’s weight was 80 kg and he used to go to Panipat Stadium to lose weight. During that time he got acquainted with Javelin.

Neeraj Chopra Physique

Neeraj Chopra is completely healthy physically and mentally. His total weight is 86 kg and his height is 178 c.m or 6 ft. He is very good in track and field games and has also won many medals. Neeraj Chopra takes great care of his health and he is physically fit. Due to his physique, he has performed very well as an athlete. At the age of 23, he plays very well as compared to the rest of the common people.

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Neeraj Chopra Net Worth

Net Worth (as in 2021)$3 Million
Net Worth in Indian Rupees18 Crore INR
ProfessionIndian Javelin Thrower
Yearly Income3 Crore+
Monthly Income and Salary25 lakhs+
Income SourceMatch Fees and Brand Endorsement

Some Lesser Known Facts about Neeraj Chopra

  • Neeraj Chopra is an Indian athlete who represents India in the javelin throw. He is ranked as Junior Commissioned Officer (Subedar) in the Indian Army.
  • He lives in a joint family with more than 17 other members in Panipat, Haryana. In his childhood, he used to be a chubby kid and used to wear a white kurta-pyjama. His village people used to call him Sarpanch.
  • In an interview, when he was asked how he developed an interest in the javelin, he replied,
    As an obese child, at the age of 11, I weighed 80 kilos. To get into shape, I visited the Panipat Stadium during vacations. My pocket money was about Rs 30 and many days I didn’t even have money for a glass of juice. I travelled by bus for about 17 kilometres to reach the stadium and returned with my uncle who worked in Panipat city. Although I was running to shed weight, I didn’t particularly enjoy it. I used to stand at some distance and watch my senior Jaiveer, who has represented Haryana in javelin, practice. One day, at his behest, I tried the javelin. I discovered I could throw it far and the realisation helped me regain my self esteem.”
  • In an interview, Neeraj shared that his family and village people supported him, and his uncle Bheem Singh encouraged him to make his career in the javelin. He further talked about the lack of facilities in his village for a sportsperson. He said,
    I left home when I was 14, owing to a lack of facilities. My formal education was disturbed after class 9. My dream is that villagers need not shift to a city the way I shifted to Panchkula. Athletes from Haryana are winning at the national, international and Olympics level but my village still does not have a playground. Whenever I stay there, I need to practice on the road. If we are to become an Olympian nation, every village should have a stadium and get coaches from the National Institute of Sports, Patiala, where I now train.”
  • During an interview, Neeraj’s father shared that Neeraj was a mischievous kid. He further said,
    “As a child, Neeraj used to twist the tails of buffaloes. Sometimes he used to harass the elderly by bursting crackers. The whole family was troubled by his words. Feeling proud to see a star adorned on my son’s shoulder. His father Satish Kumar said they had a joint family of 17. Neeraj was their eldest son. During his gym sessions in Panipat, Neeraj started visiting Shivaji Stadium. It was there that he came in contact with javelin thrower Jaiveer from Binjhol.”
  • Neeraj started his training in the javelin at the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Panchkula, Haryana, and due to lack of proper facilities, he continued his training at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula, Haryana. Neeraj Chopra after his practising session
  • During an interview, Neeraj shared that his senior Jaiveer Choudhary was the first person to recognise Neeraj’s skills and talent as a javelin thrower and helped him in his training. He further said,
    There were very few facilities to practise javelin in Panipat, the least of them the mud track that we ran on. When I decided to resume training seriously, I shifted to a sports nursery in Panchkula. I was 14. I practised on a synthetic track for the first time and got to train with athletes who were playing at the national level. I played my first junior nationals in Lucknow in 2012 and broke the national record with a throw of 68.46 metres.”
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  • During an interview, while remembering the initial days of Neeraj’s practising session, his then coach Naseem Ahmad said,
    He’d sit with his notebook and take tips from them. He would never shy away from training and would always set targets of winning each day’s round with the group. To see him win the gold medal today on the biggest stage is the greatest joy for us. And I am sure he will be spending time with the javelin throwers from the other countries just like he did here with his seniors and friends post-training or competition.”
  • 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 an interview, he shared how he felt about winning a medal. He said,
    After the youth nationals at Guntur where I won silver, I was selected for the World Youth Championships in Ukraine. In 2015, I was chosen for the National Games in Kerala. For the first time, in the camp, I got to practise with better-quality javelins, used internationally. Inferior quality javelins are heavier and can lead to injury: those with better material travel longer in the air. I threw it to a distance of 73.45 metres. In the same games, Rajinder Singh, my senior from Haryana, created a national record with a distance of 82.23.”
  • In 2016, on winning the U-20 World Championship and making a national record, the CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg congratulated him on social media.
  • He was appointed as a Junior Commissioned Officer (NaibSubedar rank) in the Indian Army in 2016  in the parent unit 4 Rajputana Rifles. Later, he was selected for training at the Mission Olympics Wing and the Army Sports Institute in Pune. He was then promoted from the Naib Subedar rank to Subedar rank.
  • He was selected as the flag bearer of India at the Asian Games 2018.
  • He underwent surgery in 2019 due to an injury in his right elbow at the 68th All India Inter-Services Athletics in 2018.
  • On 31 March 2020, he donated Rs. 2 lakh in the PM Cares Fund amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • He represented India at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in javelin throw which was held in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. During an interview, Neeraj’s uncle shared that Neeraj had kept his phone off for a year before the Tokyo Olympics 2020 to avoid any distraction.
  • On 7 August 2021, he won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 with a mark of 87.58 m and became the first Indian to win a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. On winning the gold medal, he became the first Indian to win a gold medal in athletics. He is the second Indian who has won a gold medal in the Olympics after the Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra.
Neeraj Chopra
  • On his victory, the BCCI head announced a cash reward of Rs. 1 crore. The CM of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar rewarded him with a cash prize of Rs. 6 crores and a Grade 1 job in the Haryana Government. Later, the CM of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh rewarded him with Rs. 2 crores on his victory. He dedicated his gold medal to the legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh.
  • The chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, on the victory of Neeraj said,

Neeraj Chopra has proven that when there is the WILL there is a way. He has done the Armed Forces and the Nation proud like many other Olympians who have created history in TOKYO 2020.”

  • He chopped off his long hair before the Tokyo Olympics 2020 so they may not cause any trouble to him while practicing javelin throw.
  • During an interview, Neeraj talked about his cheat meal, he said,
    If after I win I want to have a cheat meal, I’ll usually eat something sweet. I usually restrict the number of sweets I eat normally so when I get the chance to have a cheat meal, I’ll usually eat a lot of sweets. I don’t even care what kind of sweets they are. What I really like is fresh homemade churma (crushed roti with sugar and ghee). It has a lot of ghee and sugar, so it’s something we can’t eat during training so it’s something I really enjoy.”
  • He loves travelling on a motorcycle, and he owns a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Neeraj Chopra posing on his motorcycle
  • He has been featured in the print advertisements of Amstrad, an electronic company. Neeraj Chopra in a print advertisement of Amstrad
  • Neeraj Chopra loves animals and often shares pictures with them on his social media accounts. Neeraj Chopra holding puppies
  • In September 2021, a CRED commercial went viral on the internet in which Neeraj Chopra showed his acting skills in various avatars.
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Watch Neeraj Chopra Tokyo Olympics Javelin Throw Moment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW_fwcmyIfk

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Frequently Asked Questions

Neeraj Chopra, who has a personal best of 88.07m metres, clinched the historic gold with a throw of 87.58m in his second attempt at Tokyo Games.

Neeraj Chopra scripted history by bagging a gold in the final, throwing 87.58 metres in his second attempt. The effort made him the first Indian Olympian to win a gold medal in athletics.

Neeraj Chopra said that he is currently single and is not thinking too much about the female attention he has been getting as his focus is on training and getting better.

The men's javelin must weigh at least 800g and be 2.6m-2.7m long while the women's javelin must weigh 600g and be 2.2m-2.3m long.

Neeraj also said that he would want a girl from a sports background as well who is centered on her career and is respectful towards him and his family. In other news, ever since Neeraj returned from Tokyo, he has made appearances on several television shows and advertisements.

Neeraj would often run to shed some weight and then stand at some distance to watch some of the senior athletes practice their javelin throws. He was truly fascinated by the sport and decide to give it a try himself and as fate would have it Neeraj realised that he was very good at it as well.

However, he broke the national record with a throw of 68.46m. But soon after, he fractured his wrist which forced him to remain out of practice for almost six months.

105.52 kmph
Someone calculated the velocity of Chopra's gold medal throw at 105.52 kmph, posting a scribble of the complicated calculations he had done to arrive at the figure. “Minimum velocity by which India's Gold Medalist Neeraj Chopra threw the Javelin at Tokyo Olympics is 105.52 kmph," a fan tweeted.

Modern javelins are primarily made from steel, aluminum or aluminum alloy and the construction of the javelin must follow the rules of the IAAF. The javelin must contain a head, shaft, and chord grip.

The final rankings will result from the best throw from all 6 attempts of each athlete. he final rankings will result from the best throw from all 6 attempts of each athlete. he final rankings will result from the best throw from all 6 attempts of each athlete. Five (5) athletes advance from Zone to SOSSA.

However, before Neeraj Chopra there was one athlete who had won not one but two gold medal for India in javelin throw at an equivalent level. In 2004 Athens Olympics, an Indian javelin thrower named Devendra Jhajharia won his first gold medal and Jhajharia did it again in 2016 at Rio.

He explained that in javelin throwing the launch is ~2m above ground and the target is at the ground and there are many aspects of aerodynamics involved. This makes the optimal angle is ~36 degrees. ... “This is already inbuilt in the design of a modern javelin.

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