Sportstar Aces Awards: Neeraj Chopra wins top track and field honour

The dashing javelin thrower broke his own national record thrice during 2018. The last one of 88.06m won him gold at the Asian Games and catapulted him to the world’s elite.

The dashing six-footer from Khandra Village in Panipat rose to celebrity status, breaking his own national record twice during 2018.

Gold at both the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games catapulted javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra to the Sportsman of the Year (Track and Field) award category of the Sportstar Aces Awards supported by Supreme Committee of Delivery and Legacy, in association with MRF in Mumbai on Thursday.

The dashing athlete from Khandra Village in Panipat rose to celebrity status, breaking his own national record thrice during 2018. The last one of 88.06m won him gold at the Asian Games and catapulted him to the world’s elite.

He has been a consistent performer on the IAAF Diamond League, a series open to the world’s best, including a fourth-place finish in the season-ending event in Zurich that came three days after the Jakarta Asian Games.

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Former India cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar, The Hindu Publishing Group chairman N. Ram, former India hockey captain M.M. Somaya, Olympian shooter Anjali Bhagwat and Olympian long-jumper Anju Bobby George selected the deserving winners in categories involving young athletes, teams, coaches and parathletes.

The Aces Awards are an effort to highlight the untold stories of struggle, fierce dedication and selfless work behind an athlete’s ascension, irrespective of the popularity of the sport.

The awards look to create a medium of knowledge and vision exchange as it brings all stakeholders of Indian sports under one roof.