Indian flag bearer at The Asian Games in Jakarta is Neeraj Chopra

Indian flag bearer at The Asian Games in Jakarta is Neeraj Chopra

Neeraj Chopra, 20 years old (born 24 December 1997) is an Indian track and field athlete competing in the Javelin throw. He is from the Chandra Village, Panipat, Haryana.  He is currently coached by Uwe Hohn who is a retired German track and field athlete He is the only athlete to throw a javelin 100 meters or more, with his World record of 104.80 m

Neeraj Chopra won a gold medal at the South Asian Games 2016 with a throw of 82.23 m, where he equaled the Indian National record.  He also won a gold medal in IAAP World U20 Championships 2016 at Bydgoszcz, Poland. He got a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast this year.  The star athlete struck a gold medal in the Savo Games in Finland after he defeated his Chinese Taipei rival Chao-Tsun Cheng in July, after throwing 85.69 m to warm up for the Asian Games showdown.

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra will be the flag bearer in the opening ceremony of the upcoming Asian Games 2018 at Jakarta in Indonesia.   He said he is “thrilled to be chosen as the flag bearer of the Asian Games. It is a huge honor to be leading the Indian contingent in such a big event”.

Neeraj, the country’s first under-20 World champion and the first Commonwealth Games javelin gold medalist, will start as the favorite in the Asian Games which begins on August 18.  No man or woman has ever won a javelin gold at the Asiad.  Neeraj Chopra is expected to be India’s best gold medal prospect in Jakarta. The 2018 Asian Games will take place from August 18 to September 2 and will be held in Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang. Track and field events start on August 25 in the Asian Games.

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