World Championships in Athletics: Neeraj Chopra unknown facts: Neeraj Chopra has been talking about him since his victory in Tokyo…
World Athletics Championships: Untold Facts About Neeraj Chopra: Neeraj Chopra has been talked about since his victory at the Tokyo Olympics. He has actually become a household name in India with growing popularity and stardom. He has a golden chance to go even further with a medal, if possible gold in the men’s javelin throw final of the World Championships in Athletics on Saturday (Sunday in India). Follow WCH Oregon 2022 live with InsideSport.IN
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Despite being a known figure, there are so many interesting facts about Neeraj which makes us realize why he is one of the greatest Indian athletes of the generation.
Here’s a look at ten facts about Neeraj Chopra
I weighed 90 kg at 12 years old: Neeraj Chopra is as fit as a violin now. But that wasn’t the scene when he was a kid around 10-12. He weighed 90 kg and it was his uncle who helped him lose weight.
Lack of family time: Due to his difficult and tight training schedule abroad, Neeraj does not have much time to attend even important functions in his family. Normally, her home visit is limited to about two to three times a year.
Trained by Javelin Great: Neeraj was coached by German javelin great Uwe John from 2017 and he helped him become a great athlete. Interestingly, the German is the only thrower who has recorded throwing the spear above 100m. AFI did not renew John’s contract last year.
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Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna in 2018 and Padma Shri in 2022: Long before he became the poster child for Indian Olympic sports, he was the only track and field athlete in 2018 to be nominated by the Indian Athletics Federation for the Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award. After Tokyo Gold, he was also honored with the Padma Shri this year.
First flight for parents: After winning Olympic gold in Tokyo, he took his parents on their first flight in September 2021. “One of my little dreams came true today because I was able to take my parents on their first flight,” also shared Neeraj Chopra about it on Instagram along with some photos too.
Volleyball: He only took up the sport of javelin in 2011. Until then, like any other Indian, he played cricket. And also, he liked to play volleyball.
First big star: He caught the world’s attention when he broke the U-20 World Championships world record in 2016. He threw 85.94m. From there, it was just a surge on the international stage.
First Indian: That throw in 2016 also helped him become the first Indian track and field athlete to win a World Championship medal.
His rivalry with Peters: Much has been said about Anderson Peters, who will be his main contender for gold at the World Championships in Athletics on Saturday (Sunday in India). But Neeraj beat him twice last month and also beat him to take gold at the 2018 CWG.
The only record holder: Since 2016, the national record belongs to Neeraj Chopra, who is progressing year after year. From 82.23 in 2016, it has risen to 89.94m, the latter which it reached earlier this month in Stockholm.
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