|Indian Athlete (Javelin Throw)
|Physical Stats & More
|in centimeters- 174 cm
in meters- 1.74 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 7”
|Track and Field
|• Jagmohan Singh
• Kashinath Naik
• Uwe Hohn
|Date of Birth
|6 July 1995
|Age (as of 2021)
|Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
|Chandauli village (about 30 km from Varanasi)
|Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
|Undergraduate in BBA The Logical Indian
|Listening Punjabi music
|Relationships & More
|Father- Ramasaray Singh (former Javelin Thrower)
Mother- Late Poonam Singh (housewife)
|Brother- Nand Kishore Singh (national Javelin thrower)
Some Lesser Known Facts About Shivpal Singh
- Shivpal Singh is an Indian Athlete in the Javelin Throw category. He is regarded as the second-best Javelin Thrower in Indian history after Neeraj Chopra.
- He also became the second Javelin thrower after Neeraj Chopra to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. This feat came in the Athletics Central North East (ACNW) league meeting at Potchefstroom, South Africa, 2020. He booked his slot with an 85.47-meter throw. Interestingly, he failed to reach 80 meters in his first three attempts. His stats read as 79.97m, 78.68m, 79.33 and 81.50. This was his 5th chance.
- After winning the ticket to Tokyo Olympics he said
I am very relieved that I have been able to secure the qualification standard after missing out on a few occasions. My best throw came a few days before the qualifying period started and I went past the 83m at the World Military Games in Wuhan and the South Asian Games in Kathmandu.”
- He started playing Javelin Throw at the age of 10. He comes from the family of Javelin-throwers. So, it was evident that he also would join this sport. His father was a Javelin-thrower. His uncle Mr Jagmohan is the national level champion. His grandfather was a Javelin-thrower and is the first person in the family who started playing this sport. His younger brother is also a Javelin Thrower.
- During his childhood, Shivpal was an overweight kid. His father then sent him to his uncle house in New Delhi to hone his Javelin skills and get fully equipped with all those techniques associated with the sport. He got trained for almost six years. He termed that time as Brutal but in a positive way. Recalling that time, he once said
I still remember training in Palam (a major suburb and residential colony in South West Delhi). Everyone knows how harsh Delhi winters are. Now imagine training in that. You would have people with 2-3 layers covering themselves, while I would be out here sweating. It used to be that bad. I would feel really bad back then. But when I look back now, I think those days and that training is what’s made me the athlete that I am today.”
- Due to the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, he wasn’t distracted. Rather, he worked hard on his fitness with hours of tough exercises and long throwing sessions at the National Institute of Sports at Patiala, Punjab and then Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
- In 2012, he got selected in the Indian Airforce as Junior Warrant Officer.
- In 2015, he got selected in the Junior World Championships but, due to an injury, he was left out. In the following year, he won the Budapest Open Athletics in Hungary in the men Javelin Throw event.
- He has the personal best score of 86.23 meters, which he achieved in the Asian Championships 2019. He bagged a silver medal in that event finishing behind Taipei’s Asian record-holder Chao-Tsun Cheng.
- Later that year, Shivpal bagged a gold medal in the 2019 Military World Games at Wuhan the capital of Hubei Province, China when he scored 83.33 meters. He beat his Polish counterpart, Krukowski Marcin. Ten thousand athletes participated in that event out of 140 countries across 27 disciplines. India bagged six silver and one bronze in total.
इस थ्रो ने मुझे गोल्ड दिलाया। 2019 World Military Games. pic.twitter.com/cvTh87iJe3
— Shivpal Singh olympian (@shivpaljavelin) May 30, 2020
- He also took part in the Diamond League meeting in Oslo, Norway in 2019 where he finished at eighth position with the throw of 80.87 meters as highest.
- During the Asian Games in 2018, Shivpal failed to perform and was finished eighth. He could manage only one throw out of three chances due to an elbow injury.
- His battle with the injury continued when he was forced to miss the bulk of competitive events in 2019.
- He credits his national coach Uwe Hohn for upraising his injury-laden career.
- In 2020, he finished second with the throw of 81.63 meters in the Indian Grandprix 3 that held in Patiala, Punjab.
- Shivpal missed the National Senior Federation Cup due to an Ankle injury on 15 March 2021.
- Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), where he is doing his bachelors, became the only Indian University to give India three Olympians in 2021. The other two are Dutee Chand and Bhavani Devi.