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All you need to know about the Gold Boy Neeraj Chopra

Event: Men’s Javelin Throw

Date of Birth: December 24, 1997

Home location: Panipat, Haryana

Training Base: SAI NSNIS Patiala

Current Training Base: Uppsala, Sweden

National Coach: Dr. Klaus Bartoneitz

An overweight 12-year-old boy from Haryana’s Khandra village, who was persistently persuaded by his family members to take up sports. He ultimately gave in to all the badgering and began training at the Shivaji Stadium in Panipat. That was until he saw a few seniors throwing javelins at the stadium and decided to try his luck at javelin throw. Fortunately for him, that sport truly captured his fancy as he began training rigorously to get into better shape. He grew up to become India’s first ever javelin thrower to win a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2018 Asian Games.


  • Gold Medal, Asian Games 2018
  • Gold Medal, Commonwealth Games 2018
  • Gold Medal, Asian Athletics Championships 2017
  • Gold Medal, World U-20 Athletics Championships 2016
  • Gold Medal, South Asian Games 2016
  • Silver Medal, Asian Junior Championships 2016
  • Current National Record Holder (88.07m – 2021)
  • Current World Junior Record Holder (86.48m – 2016)

Key Govt. Interventions

  • Visa Support Letter for training and competition in Europe
  • Financial assistance towards procurement of sports gear and recovery equipment
  • Hiring of bio-mechanist expert cum coach for his training at National Coaching Camp and Foreign Exposure
  • Injury management and rehabilitation along with Federation and NGO
  • Financial assistance towards 26 International Competitions in the current Olympic Cycle

Funding (2016 post Rio - present)

TOPS: Rs. 52,65,388 approx.

ACTC: Rs. 1,29,26,590 approx.

TOTAL: Rs. 1,81,91,978 approx.

Details of Coaches

a) Grassroot Level:Mr. Jai Chaudhary

b) Development Level: Late Mr. Garry Calvert and Mr. Uwe Hohn

c) Elite Level:Dr. Klaus Bartoneitz


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