Neeraj Chopra and PT Usha 'son' comment explained

Joshua Rogers August 8, 2021
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After javelin star Neeraj Chopra won Olympic gold, legendary Indian track athlete PT Usha posted a message to Twitter. In the caption, PT Usha called Neerah Chopra her “son”, prompting curiosity about Chopra’s parents and who his mother is.

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Neeraj Chopra wins India’s first athletics gold 

India has its first ever athletics Olympic gold after Neeraj Chopra won the men’s javelin.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games champion registered a best throw of 87.58m in the final.

The 23-year-old said: “It feels unbelievable.

“It’s a proud moment for me and my country.”

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PT Usha thanks Chopra for realising her ‘unfinished dream’

Many thousands of Indians congratulated Neeraj Chopra for his gold medal, including legendary sprinter PT Usha.

She tweeted a photo of the two together, saying: “Realised my unfinished dream today after 37 years. Thank you my son @Neeraj_chopra1 #Tokyo2020.”

Is Neeraj Chopra PT Usha’s son?

Despite PT Usha calling Neeraj Chopra her son, the two are not related.

The term “son” is simply a term of endearment showing her affection for the young javelin ace.

PT Usha does have one son with V. Srinivasan, who she married in 1991.

Chopra’s parents, including his mother

Neeraj Chopra’s parents are Satish Kumar and Saroj Devi.

“We are very happy, we are proud that our son has won the athletics gold,” Neeraj’s father Satish Kumar said after his son’s victory.

His mother Saroj Devi is a housewife.

In an interview, Devi said she would make her son his favourite dish – churma – when he returns from Tokyo.

Churma is a sweet delicacy found in northern India.

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PT Usha’s Olympic legacy

Known as the “Payyoli Express” for her speed on the track, PT Usha came incredibly close to an Olympic medal at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

She lost out on the bronze medal in the 400m hurdles by 1/100th of a second, finishing fourth.

However, the runner went on to win four gold medals – the 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles and 4 x 400m relay – at the 1986 Seoul Asian Games.

She also won 100m and 200m silver at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.