Class 11 student receiving online javelin training has potential to become next Neeraj Chopra, says Peru-based coach
A Class 11 student, who receives online javelin throwing instructions from a Peru-based coach, has become a social media sensation and has the potential to become the next Neeraj Chopra in about five years, says the coach. A workout video of the boy from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh has gone viral.
Born into a middle class family, Rohan Yadav was inspired by his father, brother and international javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra. Rohan’s father is a farmer and marathon runner who has won dozens of medals and his brother is also an international javelin thrower.
Speaking to ANI, Rohan shared his experience and said his javelin journey started two years ago when he met Michael Musselmann, a Peru-based javelin coach who gave him free training on social networks. “I have been training for two years. I met Michael Musselmann, a javelin coach based in Peru, on social media a year ago. He gave me instructions online for free,” Yadav said.
Rohan, who is emerging as a javelin thrower, dreams of competing in the world under-20 championship. “65 yards is my best throw and I want to play in the U20 World Championship,” he said.
Michael Musselman, who shared Rohan’s javelin training video on social media, praised Rohan’s caliber and said he could become the next Neeraj Chopra in 4-6 years and asked people to sponsor. Reacting to this, Rohan said he was coached by Michael Sir and practiced daily for two to three hours.
Vijay Shyam Yadav, a local villager, said: “Facilities are limited in our village, but despite this, Rohan’s father gave the best training and support to his three sons. Whatever these three brothers do and achieve today, I will give credit to their father.” Pushpa Devi, Rohan Yadav’s mother, said, “I want my sons to play for the nation and make the whole country proud.”
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