Neeraj Chopra has showcased his talent with a spear-like object, won gold medals in international competitions and proved to a nation starved of sports icons that nothing is impossible to achieve. The 25-year-old javelin thrower’s feats have to be described as phenomenal; one that has lifted the aspirations of the young talent across all sports. Hailing from Panipat, Chopra — who took an interest in a not-so-popular discipline of the mother of all sport, athletics — has, in the last seven years, demonstrated that individual drive and ambition in pursuit of excellence will be rewarded. Ever since he won the World Under20 Championship title in Poland in 2016, he has only improved and remained on the World stage. It was an extraordinary display by two more javelin throwers at the World Championships in Budapest — Kishore Jena and DP Manu — who finished 5th and 6th respectively. Chopra has all the titles with him — Asian, Commonwealth, Diamond League, Olympics and the World’s. Chopra will be one of the star attractions in the forthcoming 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China and at the Summer Olympics in Paris in 2024. Training abroad has helped him to maintain fitness and sustain his form in the context of achieving consistency; what has eluded him though is the 90m mark which he was hopeful of touching at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest where he won the gold with a distance of 88.17m.