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World record in the bag, javelin star Neeraj Chopra among Top 30 Under 30

In the run-up to its sixth edition of Top 30 under 30, Hindustan Times profiles 30 young achievers who will be felicitated at its flagship event on May 26. Among them is Neeraj Chopra

ht youth forum 2017 Updated: May 25, 2017 17:45 IST
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Neeraj Chopra,HT Youth Forum,Top 30 Under 30
Neeraj Chopra won a gold medal in the U-20 World Championship in Poland last year(HT Photo)

He sets records:Neeraj Chopra, 19, Panipat

This young lad has scripted history by setting the junior world record in javelin throw. He won a gold medal in the U-20 World Championship in Poland last year. He also holds the national record in the event and snagged a silver in the Asian Grand Prix held this April.

Secret sauce: Single-minded focus and hard work

Inspiration: “Over the years I have drawn inspiration from many but I am particularly indebted to my senior Jaivir, who used to train along with me when I started playing this sport in Panipat.”

Challenges facing India: “Access to quality education and healthcare are the two major challenges faced by India. I am also dismayed by the lack of sporting facilities in villages that are the nurseries of most of the sporting talent in India.”

Uplifting feature: “We have grown by leaps and bounds in the last few decades. With such a young and vibrant population, we can easily hope to become a superpower in the field of IT and technology.”

The road ahead: “I am eyeing a podium finish in both Asian and World Athletics Championships.”

As an agent of change: “Through my personal example, I want to tell the youngsters that nothing is impossible. All you need to do is to stay focused and not let any hurdles slow you down.”

By the way: When not on the field, Neeraj enjoys hanging out with friends.

To know about the other achievers click here

First Published: May 22, 2017 19:58 IST