After earning a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, India’s golden kid Neeraj Chopra isn’t slowing down. His next goal is to extend his winning streak in the 2015 Paris Olympics. In the recently finished Paavo Nurmi Games, the javelin thrower demonstrated his dedication with a magnificent performance. Before the Paris Olympics, Neeraj Chopra’s next few years are critical. He has won several awards during his career and will continue to set new marks for his country.
In this article, we will talk about India’s Golden Boy’s top 5 records
1. Neeraj Chopra gifted India with the first Olympic Gold
Neeraj Chopra is the first and only Indian to win an Olympic medal in track & field. At the Tokyo Olympics, he won gold with a throw of 87.58 meters. Until Neeraj Chopra’s medal in Tokyo, India had come near to winning a medal in athletics at the Olympics a few times, but couldn’t grab one. His sights are now fixed on the Olympic Games in Paris.
2. The National Record of Neeraj Chopra
After a 44-week rest, Neeraj Chopra returned to the track and immediately established a new national mark, which he had achieved during the Tokyo Olympics last year. With a throw of 89.30 metres, India’s golden boy shattered the national record. Chopra threw 86.92 metres on his first effort of the season. No other competitor on the field had ever cleared the 85-meter mark on their first try. On his second try, home favourite Oliver Helander blasted a massive 89.83, smashing his career-best. Chopra had to retaliate, and he did so by setting a new national record.
3. Only Indian Javelin thrower to win gold at Asian games
Neeraj Chopra added another gold medal to his collection in the 2018 Asian Games. This time, the Indian audience recognised this athlete as a genuine future prospect. With his third throw, the Haryana youngster set a new record with a distance of 88.06 metres. Gurtej Singh had previously been the country’s lone medalist in the men’s javelin throw. He was a bronze medalist in the Asian Games in New Delhi in 1982.
4. He’s the first Indian to set a World record
In 2016, Neeraj Chopra was on a roll. He not only won the gold medal at the 2016 World U20 Championships, but he also set a world record in the same event. His winning throw of 86.48m in the junior championships in Poland also created a new under-20 world record, surpassing the former holder, Latvia’s Zigismunds Sirmais, who had thrown 84.69m.
5. Our Golden boy is the first Indian who won a world championship
With his achievements at the junior level, Neeraj Chopra drew a lot of attention. During that time, he won several competitions, including the 2016 World U20 Championships. In addition, the javelin thrower won gold at the 2016 IAAF Global U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, becoming the first Indian track and field athlete to win a world championship in any event and at any age level.