The 24-year-old will look to extend his record at the Commonwealth Games 2022.
There is a sense of bated anticipation in the hearts of Indians whenever Neeraj Chopra lines up to hurl his javelin. The Tokyo Olympics gold medallist has been on song since his triumph, constantly pushing the boundaries by breaking his personal bests and barging into the record books.
The 24-year-old from Haryana is the first Indian to win an Olympic track and field medal and also became the first Indian to win a silver medal at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Oregon. India’s last World Championships medal was Anju Bobby George’s bronze in 2003. Chopra is the holder of the Indian national javelin throw record since 2016.
Here are his top-five longest throws:
2022 Stockholm Diamond League: 89.94m
Neeraj Chopra shattered the national record for the second time in a month with his 89.94m effort in the Stockholm Diamond League. Chopra’s throw in June 2022 was just six centimetres shy of the 90m mark, which he is confident of breaching. So far, this is his personal best. Grenadian Anderson Peters took gold with a Meeting Record breaking throw of 90.31m.
2022 Paavo Nurmi Games Finland: 89.30m
Two weeks before his exploits in Sweden, Neeraj Chopra took part in the Paavo Nurmi Games and managed a throw of 89.30m, a national record and his personal best at that time. This effort was enough to earn him a silver medal, finishing behind Finland’s Oliver Helander. The home favourite topped the charts with a throw of 89.93m.
2022 World Athletics Championships Oregon – Qualifiers: 88.39m
Neeraj Chopra often needs only one attempt to break the qualifying mark and displayed this at Hayward Field in Eugene, where he comfortably crossed the 83.50m cut-off with a throw of 88.39m. He had failed to qualify to the final round in his 2017 Worlds debut in London but his throw in Oregon will give him complete confidence in how rapidly he has progressed since then.
2022 World Athletics Championships Oregon – Finals: 88.07m
Consistency in performing at the highest level is very hard to obtain in Javelin throw. Grenada’s Anderson Peters and Chopra have pushed each other to new levels with their impressive consistency in 2022. Neeraj Chopra won a historic silver medal in the World Championships with a throw of 88.07m. Peters trumped Neeraj with three throws past the 90m mark. The reigning World Champion launched his spear 90.54m long and held on to his title, edging Chopra out.
The man from Panipat, Haryana missed out on becoming the first javelin thrower after Andreas Thorkildsen to hold both the Olympics and World Championships titles at the same time and settled for silver.
2021 Indian Grand Prix 3 Patiala: 88.07m
This was the day the seeds of a nation’s dream were sown. Neeraj Chopra managed a throw of 88.07m after a lengthy injury lay-off of over a year. Having already secured a Tokyo Olympics berth, Chopra’s throw and post-event comments were packed with promise and hope with an eye on creating Olympics history, something he delivered later that year.
As he inches closer to the coveted 90m mark, crossing that figure will be a massive milestone in Neeraj Chopra’s hunt for more medal glory. His next task will be defending his Commonwealth Games crown in Birmingham on August 5th.