Hometown: Hassan, Karnataka
Some Lesser Known Facts About DP Manu
- DP Manu is an Indian track and field athlete who specializes in javelin throw.
- In 2022, he threw a javelin really far with a personal best of 84.35 meters and won a competition called the Inter-State Championships in Chennai. Because of this, he was declared the fourth-best Indian javelin thrower ever.
- DP Manu’s mother and father are farmers, and they have a coffee farm in Hassan, Karnataka.
- In June 2022, he won the Indian National Championships. Then he went to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and finished in fifth place.
- In 2022, he threw javelins farther than 80 meters in five out of nine competitions. Then, in July 2023, at the Asian Athletics Championships in Bangkok, he threw over 81 meters and earned a silver medal.
- Later in 2023, he was chosen to represent India at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest. He did really well in the qualification round by throwing the javelin 81.31 meters, which got him into the finals. In the finals, he achieved the sixth position with a throw of 84.14 meters.
- Since 2020, DP Manu has been receiving training from Kashinath Naik in Pune. His coach, Naik, is an accomplished athlete who won the bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. ESPN
- His first international journey happened when he was chosen to compete in the World Athletics Championships held in Oregon in 2022.
- Manu’s coach, Naik, visited a temple in his hometown, Joga, to pray for Manu’s success before he won the Inter-State Championships in Chennai in 2022.
- In a 2022 interview, DP Manu talked about how he got started in the javelin throw sport. He explained that his school’s physical education teacher displayed a bamboo spear, a discus, and a shotput ball in front of him, then directed him towards the javelin. Even though he didn’t know much about javelin at the time, that moment inspired him to choose javelin as his sport. Before becoming a javelin thrower, he used to play volleyball.
- He loves staying fit and frequently goes to the gym to keep himself in shape.
- Back when he was in school, he practised with bamboo sticks to enhance his skills. He also watched YouTube videos of Jan Zelazny, who holds the world record-holder in javelin throwing.
- According to the sources, DP Manu’s coach, Kashinath Naik, has also trained Neeraj Chopra.
- DP Manu is a havildar in Indian Army.