Star athlete and javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was born on December 24, 1997, in Chandra village of Panipat district of Haryana. As a child, this player loved volleyball and kabaddi rather than javelin throw. But at the age of 14, he became so attached to the javelin throw that today India expects an Olympic medal from him in athletics. Neeraj had spread his shine as a javelin thrower at a very young age. He has broken national and international records in many competitions. He is also a Naib Subedar in the Indian Army. Interestingly, he is compared to former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson. Neeraj's former coach Gary Calvert used to compare him to the left-arm bowler. Before joining cricket, Johnson wanted to become a javelin thrower.
Achievements of Neeraj Chopra
- Record made by throwing 68.46 meters javelin in Under 16 National Junior Championships in Lucknow in 2012.
- In the 2016 Junior World Championships the record of throwing 86.48m javelin.
- In the 2018 Commonwealth Games, he won gold by throwing 86.47 meters javelin.
- In the 2017 Jakarta Asian Games, he won the gold by throwing 88.06 meters javelin.
Neeraj Chopra was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2018 after winning gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.