|Profession(s)||Javelin Thrower and Indian Railways Employee|
|Physical Stats & More|
|ESPN Height||in centimeters- 183 cm
in meters- 1.83 m
in feet & inches- 6’
|ESPN Weight||in kilograms- 74 kg
in pounds- 163 lbs
|Medal(s)||• 2016: Gold Medal at the World School Games
• 2017: Silver Medal at the Asian Youth Championships
• 2019: Gold Medal at the Mokpo International Athletics Throwing Meeting
• 2021: Gold Medal at the 36th National Junior Athletics Championships
• 2022: Silver Medal at the National Inter State Senior Athletics Championship
|Coach(es)||Kashinath Naik and Uwe Hohn
|Team||Indian Athletics Contingent|
|Date of Birth||6 June 2001 (Wednesday)|
|Age (as of 2022)||21 Years|
|Birthplace||Dabhiya Village, Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh|
|Hometown||Dabhiya Village, Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh|
|College/University||Tilak Dhari P.G. College, Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh (2019-2022) Instagram- Rohit Yadav|
|Controversy||Banned After Failing Anti-Dope Test
In May 2017, he was tested positive for dope test which was conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). In the test, it was found out that he had consumed the banned substance named stanozolol. The authorities banned him for a year i.e. from 21 May 2017 to 21 May 2018. The Indian Express In an interview, when Rohit was asked about the doping test, he said,
"I thought my career would end. Ever since I found out about the failed test, I was coming to Delhi for hearings of my case. I didn't really think my career would ever continue. I felt I had been given a second chance for a reason. I had to prove myself to the world once again."
|Relationships & More|
|Parents||Father- Sabhajeet Yadav (farmer and decathlete)
Mother- Pushpa Devi
|Siblings||Brother(s)- Rahul Yadav (athlete) and Rohan Yadav
Some Lesser Known Facts About Rohit Yadav
- Rohit Yadav is an Indian javelin thrower and employee in the Indian Railways. On 22 July 2022, he qualified for the final round of the World Athletics Championships 2022 with a throw of 80.42m.
- He got the inspiration to make his career in athletics from his father, who has won many medals in athletics. As the financial condition of his family was not good, his father was not able to buy expensive javelin sticks. His father then made javelin sticks out of bamboo and started training Rohit and his brother Rahul. In an interview, while talking about the same, Rohit said,
My father had been a sportsperson. He was adamant that I should be a javelin thrower though. But there wasn’t enough money to get a proper javelin. So what he did was go to a patch of bamboo that grows near our village and use that. Making a javelin from wild bamboo wasn’t easy. You have to take only the top part of the bamboo. Otherwise it becomes too thick. Then you have to sharpen one end so it will fly well. It doesn’t last very long. I could probably throw for maybe two or three days before it’s completely destroyed. Also you can’t throw very far with it because the bamboo is never completely straight. I don’t think I’ve ever thrown more than 30 meters with a baans javelin.”
In an interview, when his father was asked about making javelin stick out of bamboo, he said,
I made that javelin from bamboo. I had a photo of a javelin to guide me. I did not follow any established specifications about size, weight or anything like that. The crudely made javelin was not good for the hands. Rohit used it for two years. It helped him reach state level-events, where better javelins were available for athletes. We then bought a javelin for Rs 12,000 from Patiala.”
- Rohit then participated in various regional javelin competitions. In 2014, he participated for the first time in a district-level javelin throw competition and won a gold medal with a throw of 49m. Later, his school principal gave him Rs 12000 to buy a javelin stick.
- In July 2016, with a throw of 72.57m, he bagged a gold medal at the World School Games.
- In 2017, after watching his performance, the Indian sports consultancy ‘Amentum Sports,’ a firm that specialises in supporting javelin throwers helped Rohit in contacting the Peru-based javelin coach Michael Musselman. Rohit then contacted him throw video calls. In an interview, while talking about it, Rohit said,
Coach asked me to record my throws from two different angles and then message him the videos over Whatsapp or Facebook. He would analyse them and suggest what changes I had to do.”
- In 2017, he participated in the Asian Youth Athletics Championship held in Bangkok and won a silver medal in it. Rohit then started participating in various javelin competitions like 64th National School Games (2018-19), Javelin Throw Open Championship, Sonipat, Haryana (2019), and World Athletics Championships (2019).
- Some other javelin throw competitions in which he participated are:
- 18 August 2021: National Junior Athletics Championships
- 27 February 2022: Indian Open Throws Competition, Patiala
- 13 March 2022: Indian Grand Prix, Thiruvananthapuram
- 3 April 2022: National Federation Cup, CH Muhammed Koya Stadium, Thenhipalam
- 9 May 2022: Indian Open Javelin Throw Competition, Jamshedpur
- 24 May 2022: Indian Grand Prix, Bhubaneswar
- 11 June 2022: National Inter State Senior Athletics Ch., Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai
- 21 July 2022: World Athletics Championships, Oregon 2022, Hayward Field, Eugene, OR
- In April 2022, he made a throw of 81.83m and won a gold medal at the National Federation Cup held at the Md Koya Stadium in Thenhipalam.
- In June 2022, Rohit won a silver medal with his personal best score of 82.54m at the National Inter State Senior Athletics Championship in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium of Chennai. In the event, his other throws were 82.45m, 82.07m, and 80.49m.
- On 10 September 2020, he started working at Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi.
- Rohit is good friends with the Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra, and they both are trained under the javelin throw coach Uwe Hohn.
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