Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won the first Olympic gold medal in athletics for India in Tokyo, is now a sports sensation in the country. Notably, Chopra is the only second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to win an individual gold medal in an Olympic event.
Chopra’s sensational on-field performance Making the 23-year-old athlete extremely popular on social media, has seamlessly translated into a digital phenomenon. Meanwhile, an old video of the Olympic gold medalist is going viral on social media. In the video, Neeraj was asked about the inspiration behind his long hairstyle and his answer left everyone stunned.
Notably, Neeraj first made headlines in 2015 as he became the junior world champion in Poland with a world record throw of 86.84m. He surpassed the previous best throw of 84.69 meters set by Latvia’s Jigismunds Sirmis to become the first Indian track and field athlete to set a world record.
At that time, 23-year-old Neeraj Chopra had long hair that covered his forehead. So, during the Indian Sports Honors Awards, the athlete was asked about the inspiration behind those locks.
When asked whether her long locks were inspired by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan or Indian cricketer Ishant Sharma, Chopra said with less confidence, “No.”
He said, “Koi nahi hai ji! I myself keep my hair long (no motivation. I like to keep my hair long).”
Check out Chopra’s epic reply here:
Interestingly, in the same interview, Neeraj asked the anchor to ask questions in Hindi so that he could understand them properly.
Also, Neeraj was asked how the spear happened to him, to which he replied in Hindi, “God decided this for me. I used to play different games in my village (Khandara). But once I went to the ground and saw the seniors throwing spears in the air, I joined them. I didn’t even know what a spear was. This is how it started and now I am here in front of you.”