Neeraj Chopra born on 24 December, 1997 is an Indian track and field athlete in Javelin Throw. Chopra won Gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 with a throw of 87.58m in his second attempt on 7 August 2021.
He carved his name in the Indian history by winning a gold for the country. After Abhinav Bindra who is the first Indian to win gold in 2008 for shooting,Chopra became the second Indian to bring a gold in Olympics after 13 years of yearning gap.
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Who trained Neeraj Chopra?
India’s Javelin coach Uwe Hohn played a major role in shaping Neeraj Chopra’s career. It was while training with Hohn that Neeraj won the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games.
A few months after Neeraj won the gold medal at the Asian Games in Jakarta with a national record of 88.06 million, Hohn said in an interview at the Ekamra Sports Literature Festival in Bhubaneswar that his ward was destined for great glory.
Hohn is already one of the best in the world
Hohn himself used to be a javelin thrower that no one else had. He is the only one to throw 100 meters or more. His feat was accomplished on the Olympic Day of the Berlin Athletics Games on July 20, 1984. His efforts: 104.80 meters.
Horn said in an interview that this is what he has wanted to do since he was 14 years old. Unfortunately for him, he was unable to participate in the Olympics held in Los Angeles that year due to the boycott of the East German Olympics. “I had to miss the Olympics, it’s not my fault,” Horn said. “I could have won the gold medal.”