Tokyo Olympics: Know Facts About Gold Medalist Neeraj Chopra And Bronze Medalist Bajrang Punia

Neeraj Chopra won a historic gold medal in the men's javelin throw, ensuring India's best-ever Olympic campaign at the Tokyo 2020 Games. Chopra became the first athlete from independent India to win a medal in a track and field event.

Olympics: Facts About Neeraj Chopra, Bajrang Punia

Bajrang Punia, on the other hand, won the bronze medal in the men's freestyle 65kg category, defeating Daulet Niyazbekov of Kazakhstan. Punia, who had suffered a humiliating 5-12 defeat in the semifinals to Azerbaijan's Haji Aliyev, redeemed himself by winning India's sixth medal of Tokyo 2020 with a convincing 8-0 victory in the bronze medal battle.

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Here are some lesser-known facts about star athletes.

Javelin Thrower Neeraj Chopra

  • Neeraj's loving grandma fed him all the wonderful, calorie-rich desi treats as a child, and he grew up to be a chubby child. Javelin thrower Jaiveer of Binjhol noticed him while jogging at Shivaji stadium in Panipat in 2011 (he was 85 kg). His height is 6'1".
  • Garry Calvert, who coached Neeraj Chopra to become the country's first-ever World Champion in a track and field event when he won gold at the U20 World Championships in Finland, died of a heart attack in Beijing in July 2018. Neeraj had shown his console about the situation by tweeting about it.
  • Uwe Hohn, a retired German track and field athlete who participated in the javelin throw, is Neeraj's current coach. Hohn, however, is the only athlete who has ever thrown a javelin over 100 meters. Since 1986, a new javelin was devised and adopted, Hohn's world record of 104.80 m has become an "eternal world record."
  • Neeraj is from the village of Khandra in Haryana's Panipat district. Neeraj grew in a 17-member joint family and was the eldest of the children.
  • Due to his busy performing schedule throughout India and overseas, Neeraj was only able to attend normal school until Class IX and is presently pursuing his BA-II from Kurukshetra University under the open school system. He was also promoted to Naib Subedar in the Indian Army after winning the U-20 championship in 2016.

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Wrestler Bajrang Punia

  • Bajrang Punia was born in the city of Jhajjar in the Indian state of Haryana on February 26, 1994.
  • Bajrang Punia was introduced to wrestling by his father, who used to wrestle in a local akhada.
  • Bajrang has won 7 medals at the Asian Wrestling Championships, including 2 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze.
  • He won a Silver and two Bronze medals at the World Championships.
  • Bajrang has two Asian Games medals, one gold, and the other silver.
  • Bajrang has two Commonwealth Wrestling Championships medals to his name, both of which are gold.
  • Bajrang Punia received the Arjuna Award in 2015, the Padma Shri award, and the Khel Ratna award in 2019.
  • Tokyo Olympics 2020 was the Bajrang Punia's first Olympic Games.
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