Neeraj Chopra

Neeraj Chopra

His previous coach, Garry Calvert has called him a “once-in-a-generation talent.” Anju Bobby George, former Indian bronze medallist at the World Championships said “he is the most promising young Indian athlete today,” whose “best performances are yet to come.” It is not often that a young Indian track and field athlete enjoys such a ringing endorsement, but then it is also not often that someone like Neeraj Chopra comes along.

Javelin throwers tend to get better with age, far into their 20s and early 30s. It is here that Chopra’s talent becomes abundantly clear when you compare the distances of his throws to what elite athletes were registering at the age of 20.

At the 2018 Asian Games he won the gold medal setting the national record of 88.06 m. He is currently coached by Uwe Hohn, a former champion himself. His training regimen turned world class whe he went to Offenberg, the Javelin capital of the world, in Germany. He is now set to cross the magical 90 m mark during the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 with a minor throw adjustment.