Age: 21 Years
Hometown: Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh
Some lesser known facts about Rohit Yadav
- Rohit Yadav is an Indian javelin thrower and an employee of the Indian Railways. On 22 July 2022, he qualified for the final round of the World Athletics Championships 2022 with a throw of 80.42 metres.
- He got the inspiration to pursue a career in athletics from his father, who has won many medals in athletics. Since the financial condition of his family was not good, his father was unable to buy expensive spear sticks. His father then made a spear out of bamboo and started training Rohit and his brother Rahul. Talking about this, Rohit said in an interview,
My father has been a sportsman. He was adamant that I should be a javelin thrower. But there was not enough money to get enough spear. So what he did was he went and used a piece of bamboo growing near our village. Making a spear from wild bamboo was not easy. You have to take only the top part of the bamboo. Otherwise it becomes very thick. Then you have to sharpen one end so that it flies well. It doesn’t last very long. I can probably throw it away for two or three days before it’s completely destroyed. Also you can’t throw it too far because bamboo is never completely straight. I don’t think I’ve ever run more than 30 meters with a javelin javelin. ,
In an interview when his father was asked about making a spear from bamboo, he said,
I made that spear out of bamboo. I had a picture of a spear to guide me. I didn’t follow any established specifications regarding size, weight or anything like that. A raw spear is not good for the hands. Rohit used it for two years. This helped them reach state level events, where better javelin was available to athletes. Then we bought a spear from Patiala for Rs 12,000.
- Thereafter Rohit participated in various regional javelin competitions. In 2014, she participated in the district level javelin throw competition for the first time and won the gold medal with a throw of 49 metres. Later the principal of his school gave him Rs 12000 to buy a spear stick.
- In July 2016, he won the gold medal at the World School Games with a throw of 72.57 metres.
- In 2017, after witnessing his performance, Indian sports consultant ‘Amentum Sports’, a firm that specializes in supporting javelin throwers, helped Rohit contact Peru-based javelin coach Michael Musselman. After this Rohit contacted through throw video calls. Talking about this in an interview, Rohit said,
The coach asked me to record my throws from two different angles and then video message them on WhatsApp or Facebook. He will analyze them and suggest what changes I need to make.”
- In 2017, he participated in the Asian Youth Athletics Championship held in Bangkok and won a silver medal in it. After this Rohit started participating in various javelin competitions like 64th National School Games (2018-19), Javelin Throw Open Championship, Sonepat, Haryana (2019) and World Athletics Championships (2019).
- Some other javelin throw competitions he participated in:
- 18 August 2021: National Junior Athletics Championships
- 27 February 2022: Indian Open Throw Competition, Patiala
- 13 March 2022: Indian Grand Prix, Thiruvananthapuram
- 3 April 2022: National Federation Cup, CH Mohamed Koya Stadium, Thenipalami
- 9 May 2022: Indian Open Javelin Throw Competition, Jamshedpur
- 24 May 2022: Indian Grand Prix, Bhubaneshwar
- 11 June 2022: National Inter State Senior Athletics Chowdhury, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai
- 21 July 2022: World Championships in Athletics, Oregon 2022, Hayward Field, Eugene, OR
- In April 2022, he made a throw of 81.83 and won the gold medal in the National Federation Cup held at MD Koya Stadium in Thennipalam.
- In June 2022, Rohit won a silver medal at the National Inter State Senior Athletics Championships at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai with his personal best score of 82.54m. In this 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 friend of Olympic gold medalist Neeraj ChopraAnd they both trained under javelin throw coach Uwe Hon.