Neeraj Chopra Height, Weight, Age, Family, Facts, Education, Biography

Neeraj Chopra Height, Weight, Age, Family, Facts, Education, Biography
Neeraj Chopra Quick Info
Height 6 ft
Weight 86 kg
Date of Birth December 24, 1997
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Eye Color Dark Brown

Neeraj Chopra is an Indian track and field athlete who specializes in the javelin throw event and has clinched the ‘Gold’ medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games, the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, the 2017 Bhubaneshwar Asian Athletics Championships, the 2016 Guwahati/Shillong South Asian Games, and the 2016 Bydgoszcz World Junior Athletics Championships. He had also secured the ‘Silver’ medal at the 2016 Ho Chi Minh City Asian Junior Athletics Championships. In 2018, he was honored with the prestigious ‘Arjuna Award’, the 2nd-highest sporting honor of India.

Born Name

Neeraj Chopra

Nick Name

Golden Boy

Neeraj Chopra as seen in an Instagram Post in March 2021
Neeraj Chopra as seen in an Instagram Post in March 2021 (Neeraj Chopra / Instagram)

Sun Sign

Capricorn

Born Place

Panipat, Haryana, India

Residence

Haryana, India

Nationality

Indian

 

Education

Neeraj had graduated from the Dayanand Anglo-Vedic College in Chandigarh, a renowned institution that has produced more than 50 international-level sportspersons for India. He had later joined the Lovely Professional University, a private university in Phagwara, Punjab. He had pursued a bachelor of arts degree there.

Occupation

Track and Field Athlete

Neeraj Chopra as seen in an Instagram Post in August 2021
Neeraj Chopra as seen in an Instagram Post in August 2021 (Neeraj Chopra / Instagram)

Family

  • Father – Satish Kumar (Farmer)
  • Mother – Saroj Devi
  • Siblings – Sangeeta (Sister), Sarita (Sister)
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Manager

He is represented by Aman Shah, Manager and Booking Agent, JSW Sports, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Build

Athletic

Height

6 ft or 183 cm

Weight

86 kg or 189.5 lbs

Neeraj Chopra as seen in an Instagram Post in July 2021
Neeraj Chopra as seen in an Instagram Post in July 2021 (Neeraj Chopra / Instagram)

Race / Ethnicity

Asian

He is of Rod Maratha (Indian) descent.

Hair Color

Black

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

  • Toned physique
  • Center-parted, wavy hair
  • Often sports a light stubble

Neeraj Chopra as seen in an Instagram Post in April 2021
Neeraj Chopra as seen in an Instagram Post in April 2021 (Neeraj Chopra / Instagram)

Neeraj Chopra Facts

  1. Neeraj was obese as a child due to which his father had enrolled him in a local gym for which he had to cycle to and from 24 kilometers each day. He had later switched to a different gym in his hometown of Panipat. During this phase, he used to often visit the nearby center of the Sports Authority of India where his sporting talent was spotted by javelin thrower Jaiveer Choudhary. He had noticed Neeraj achieve a distance of 40 m with no prior experience and had instantly decided to coach him.
  2. At the 2016 Bydgoszcz World Junior Athletics Championships, he had set a world under-20 record with a throw of 86.48 m.
  3. He was the flag-bearer for India at the opening ceremony at the 2018 Asian Games, his debut appearance at the event.
  4. When he had won the ‘Gold’ medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, his debut appearance at the event, he had become the first Indian track and field athlete to achieve this feat. He was only the 2nd sportsperson to clinch an athletics medal of any color for India; after Norman Pritchard had won 2 ‘Silver’ medals way back at the 1900 Paris Olympics.
  5. He is also only the 2nd Indian sportsperson to win an individual ‘Gold’ medal at the Olympics after Abhinav Bindra had done so in the men’s 10 m air rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
  6. He had joined the Indian Army in 2016 and was serving in the 4 Rajputana Rifles unit as of August 2021, at the rank of ‘Subedar’, a rank of junior commissioned officer in the Indian Army.
  7. At the 2020 Republic Day honors, he was honored with the ‘Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM)’, decoration of the Indian armed forces that is awarded to recognize ‘distinguished service of a high order’ to all ranks of the Indian Armed forces.
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