Praveen Chitravel is an Indian athlete who competes in the triple jump category. Praveen is the national record holder for triple jump. He won bronze medals at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and 2022 Asian Games.
Praveen Chitravel was born on Tuesday, 5 June 2001 (age 22 years; as of 2023) in Tamil Nadu, India. His zodiac sign is Gemini. Praveen attended the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai (Boys), which is a Center of Excellence (CoE). COE is an initiative of the Government of Tamil Nadu that supports talented sportspersons. Praveen completed his higher secondary education from Balakrishna Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. After his schooling, Praveen joined a college in Mangalore, Karnataka to pursue Bachelor of Arts. Praveen spent his time training under coach Indira Suresh in Nagercoil and only went to Mangalore to appear for his exams.
Height (Approx): 5′ 9″
Weight (Approx): 75 kg
Hair Color: Black
Eye colour: black
Praveen Chitravel comes from a family from Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.
parents and siblings
Praveen’s father, Chitravel, is a daily wage farm labourer. His mother is a housewife. Praveen has two siblings, an elder sister and a younger brother. His brother Velapriyaan Chitravel is also training to become an athlete.
Praveen Chitravel met his mentor Indira Suresh at the Center of Excellence (CoE) for Boys in Chennai. Indira Suresh works with the Sports Development Authority of India. When Praveen was in 7th class, he met coach Indira and since then he started training with her. In an interview, coach Indira said,
When Praveen was in seventh grade in COE in Chennai, I saw him and took him under me. When I was transferred to a college in Nagekoil, he also came to me and said that he would train only under me. So, I got him admitted in my college.
Praveen practiced hard since his time in CoE. The CoE is chaired by Udhayanidhi Stalin, Minister of Youth Welfare and Sports Development of Tamil Nadu. Praveen later began training at the Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS) in Vijayanagar, Karnataka, where he began training under Antony Yaich.
Praveen trains at IIS throughout the year and goes back to his home in Thiruvarur only once a year. IIS also provides financial help to Praveen. Praveen is the second Indian to bring home a medal at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. He achieved this feat when he was 17 years old. Praveen said in an interview,
As soon as I won the bronze medal at Buenos Aires 2018, my whole life changed. I got the much-needed sponsorship and two months later, I was selected for the Senior Asian Championships.
Praveen participated in the 2022 Commonwealth Games and finished fourth. In an interview, Praveen talked about how Neeraj Chopra inspired him to look past the past of not getting a medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and focus on the future.
After missing out on a medal in the Commonwealth Games, Neeraj Chopra messaged me on Instagram. He is a great role model and inspiration for a lot of people. He (Chopra) was the first to congratulate me for my consistency. After this he asked me not to lose courage and motivated me by saying that I have the potential to perform well in the Asian Games and World Championships in 2023.
Praveen Chitravel finished sixth in men’s triple jump at the 2023 Monaco Diamond League. This was the first Diamond League and Praveen recorded his best jump of 16.59 metres. He could not cross the 17m standard mark set in four outdoor meets in 2023 due to a hamstring injury, due to which he had to take a break of almost a month. The injury also forced him to miss the 2023 Florence Diamond League in Italy. Praveen created a national record in Cuba with a jump of 17.37 metres, which qualified him for the 2023 World Athletics Championships to be held in Hungary; However, only Neeraj Chopra won a medal (gold) in the World Championships.
Praveen qualified for the 2022 Asian Games by jumping 17.17 meters at the Indian Open Jump Competition 2023 in Bellary, Karnataka. Praveen’s jump of 16.68 meters won him a bronze medal at the 2022 Asian Games. Praveen jumped in his third round which could have given him a silver medal, but the jump was declared a foul.
Another remarkable achievement in athletics! many many congratulations @PraveenChitra1 On winning the bronze medal in the men’s triple jump event.
This excellent performance has made our country proud today. pic.twitter.com/sLv3bC859R
-Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 3 October 2023
2023: National record holder for triple jump with a jump of 17.37 meters at the Prueba de Confrontación 2023 meet in Cuba.