Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra made the whole country proud after  becoming the first Indian athlete to become a world champion at any level when he won a gold medal at the U-20 World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on July 23.

The 18-year old created a new U-20 world record by throwing the javelin a distance of 86.48m and broke the old mark of 84.69 metres held by Latvian Zigismunds Sirmais by nearly two metres.  Chopra, who also became the first Indian athlete to set a world record at any level, bettered his previous personal best of 82.23 set at the South Asian Games earlier this year, which incidentally was the old national record.

Here we present to you five facts about the rising star which you might be unaware of: 

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