An early morning call all the way from Poland on Sunday sent the Chopra household in ruptures of joy.
The household in the sleepy village of Khandra in Panipat has been awake since then and is still celebrating their son Neeraj Chopra’s feat of creating a new junior world record in javelin throw. In Chandigarh, Neeraj’s alma mater DAV College, Sector 10, also had their reasons to rejoice. After all it was switch to the city in 2015 which proved pivotal in the javelin throwers career.
Neeraj bagged a gold medal with an effort of 86.48m at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
“He took admission in BA first year and in that one year he broke the meet record in the All-India inter-varsity. He should aim for 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” said Ravinder Choudhary, associate professor DAV College-10 physical education department.
Neeraj’s first brush with the discipline was in 2011-12 at Shivaji Stadium in Panipat. He later shifted to Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula under coach Naseem Ahmad and took admission in the DAV College-10.