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10 Inspiring Facts About Subedar Neeraj Chopra That Will Motivate You To Join The Army

Subedar Neeraj Chopra created history by winning the county’s first gold medal in the javelin throw at the Olympics and he is the epitome of the Indian Army’s core ethos...

Subedar Neeraj Chopra created history by winning the county’s first gold medal in the javelin throw at the Olympics and he is the epitome of the Indian Army’s core ethos of ‘Naam, Namak, Nishaan’.

President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Subedar Neeraj Chopra for Sports on 28 March 2022. He is the first Track & Field athlete to win a gold medal for India at the Olympic games.

Indian Army top brass on Saturday congratulated Subedar Neeraj Chopra on winning the country’s first-ever gold medal in athletics at the ongoing Olympics. The “Entire Army was proud of his achievement,” Army Chief Gen MM Naravane said. The Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, said that the 23-year-old athlete did the armed forces, and the nation proud. Neeraj Chopra’s gold medal in the second for India in the individual category after Abhinav Bindra, who bagged the top prize in the 19m Air Rifle shooting event in China

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General Rawat, said, “Neeraj Chopra has proven that when there is the WILL there is a way. He has done the Armed Forces and the Nation proud like many other Olympians who have created history in TOKYO 2020.” He added, “We are confident you will continue to reach greater heights in the years to follow. Your achievement will inspire and motivate other sportspersons to aspire and succeed to bring bigger laurels and a greater honour to our Nation.

Here are the 10 Inspiring Facts About Subedar Neeraj Chopra That Will Motivate You To Join The Army:

1. Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra becomes first Indian to win Olympic Gold in Athletics, seventh medal for India in Tokyo Olympics- the country’s highest ever

2. “Subedar Neeraj Chopra, VSM created history by winning the nation’s first gold medal in Javelin Throw at the Olympics with a gigantic throw of 87.58 metres at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. This was the first Olympics medal in track and field events at Tokyo and ended India’s 121 years wait for an Olympic medal in athletics. He has joined the ranks of Abhinav Bindra and is only the second Indian to win individual gold at the Olympics,” reads the Indian Army statement.

3. According to the Indian Army, Neeraj Chopra was enrolled in 4 Rajputana Rifles as a Direct Entry Naib Subedar on May 15, 2016. After joining the Indian Army, he was selected for training at Mission Olympics Wing and Army Sports Institute, Pune.

4. Mission Olympics Wing, a premier initiative by the Indian Army to identify and train elite sportsmen in eleven selected disciplines at five Mission Olympics Nodes to excel in various national and international competitions. Mission Olympics Wing has given two Olympic Silver medals in Shooting to the nation and is committed to many more.

5. Neeraj Chopra’s medal highlights the hard work and efforts of Mission Olympics Wing. Sub Neeraj was conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2018 and VSM in 2020 for his excellence in sports.

6. Neeraj Chopra came into prominence with his performance at the World U-20 Championship, Poland where he set a new Junior World Record with a throw of 86.48m.

7. He won Asian Championship 2017 in Bhubaneswar with a throw of 85.23 metres. Neeraj started training under Uwe Hohn of Germany and won the Gold medal in Commonwealth Games 2018 with a throw of 86.47m and threw his personal best of 87.43m in the Doha leg of Diamond League 2018. He won the Asian Games with a throw of 88.06m, said the Indian Army statement.

8. Neeraj began his quest for the medal with a massive throw of 87.03 meters and was leading the pack after the end of first attempt. He bettered it with the second throw of 87.58m. While he wasn’t able to improve any further, it was enough to get him the coveted medal. He is now the second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to win a gold medal in individual events.

9. Neeraj Chopra is serving in the Indian army as Subedar with 4 Rajputana Rifles in the Indian Army. Neeraj was selected in the Indian Army as a junior commissioned officer (JCO) in 2017. Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh and the top brass of the Indian Army congratulated Neeraj Chopra for winning the gold medal in Tokyo Olympics.

10. 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’s 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.

Neeraj Chopra Personal Details:

  • 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


  • 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)

We hope Subedar Neeraj Chopra’s lifetime story will motivate you all to join the Indian army and be an inspiration for the generations to come. Jai Hind.

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