It was indeed an eventful day for India in javelin throw as the Indian para-athletes clinched their third medal in the same. On Monday, August 30, Sumit Antil broke his own world record not once but thrice and clinched gold for India in the F64 event at Tokyo Paralympics with a world record throw of 68.55m.
With this Sumit Antil won the second gold for India at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and the first para-athletics gold medal for India three weeks after Neeraj Chopra bagged first-ever gold in athletics.
President Kovind, PM Modi congratulate Sumit Antil as he clinches Gold
Upon Antil’s historic performance in the javelin throw at the Paralympics, President Ram Nath Kovind extended best wishes to the ‘true champion’.
“Congratulations on winning the gold and setting a new world record. Every Indian is elated to hear the national anthem at the podium. You’re a true champion,” President Kovind said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi too lauded Sumit Antil for his record-breaking performance in the Paralympics.
“Our athletes continue to shine at the Paralympics! The nation is proud of Sumit Antil’s record-breaking performance in the Paralympics. Congratulations Sumit for winning the prestigious Gold medal. Wishing you all the best for the future,” PM Narendra Modi said.
Javelin thrower Sumit Antil’s historic performance
The 23-year-old from Sonepat, Sumit Antil dominated the finals with his throws reading 66.95m, 68.08m, 65.27m, 66.71m, and 68.55m and foul.
During the event, with Antil grabbing the Gold, Australia’s Michal Burian (66.29m) and Sri Lanka’s Dulan Kodithuwakku (65.61m) won the silver and bronze respectively.
Another Indian para-athlete Sandeep (62.20m) finished fourth in the series thereby missing a chance of winning a bronze medal.
Earlier in the day, Devendra Jhajharia bagged a silver medal in the Men’s Javelin Throw F46 Final, and Sundar Singh Gurjar winning a bronze medal in the same.
Tokyo Paralympics 2020, Day 6 Medal Highlights:
– Ace shooter Avani Lekhara grabbed the first-ever gold for India in para shooting in women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1
-Yogesh Kathuniya won a silver medal in Men’s Discus Throw Para Athletics Event
-Sundar Singh Gurjar won a bronze medal in Men’s Javelin Throw F46 Final with a season-best throw of 64.01m
– Devendra Jhajharia bagged a silver medal in the Men’s Javelin Throw F46 Final with a personal best throw of 64.35m
India has so far won 14 medals at the Paralympic Games, but with today’s five medals the tally went to 19 for India.