Sumit Antil broke his own world record in the Men’s Javelin Throw F64 category with a throw of 68.55m. He gave India its second gold medal of the Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020. Sandeep Chaudhary finished fourth with a best throw of 62.20m. At the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he finished fourth in the F44 javelin.
Sumit closed off a spectacular day for India at the Games with a sensational performance, after shooter Avani Lekhara’s gold and three additional medals in the morning session. Michal Burian of Australia won bronze with a throw of 66.29 metres, while Dulan Kodithuwakku of Sri Lanka won bronze with a throw of 65.61 metres. Sumit finished second in the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships, while Sandeep won gold.
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Sumit Antil was the world record holder with a throw of 62.88 metres heading into the Paralympic Games. He broke the record with his first throw of 66.95m, improved it with 68.08m on his second attempt, and went even higher with his fifth effort, which proved to be the gold medal-winning throw of 68.55m.
Sumit, who was born in Sonipat, participated at the national level in the able-bodied javelin, notably in the 2021 Indian Grand Prix event in Patiala, India. He wrestled able-bodied until 2015, when he took a three-year sabbatical from the sport to concentrate on his schoolwork. He began participating in para athletics in 2018 after para-athletes in his town encouraged him. In 2018, he began participating in para athletics. Virender Dhankad trained both Sunil and Sadndeep Chaudhary at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, India. In 2005, he was involved in a motorcycle accident and lost his left leg below the knee.
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In the first hour of the competition, the Indian team won four medals. Shooter Avani Lekhara won the first medal of the day, which was also India’s third. On Monday, she earned India’s first shooting medal at the Tokyo Paralympics in the women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1 category. Lekhara earned the gold medal in the final with a total score of 249.6, which tied the world record. The 19-year-old also made history by being the first Indian woman to win a Paralympic gold medal.
Yogesh Kathuniya won silver in the men’s Discus throw (F56) event with a best throw of 44.38m in the final.
The men’s javelin throw (F46) event saw India win two medals. Along with Sumit Antil Sundar Singh Gurjar won the bronze medal in the same event with a best throw of 64.01. Devendra Jhajharia won the silver medal with a best throw of 64.35.
India won two medals on Sunday, with top paddler Bhavinaben Patel taking silver in the women’s singles table tennis class 4 event. On Sunday, Nishad Kumar won silver in the T47 event, giving the country its second medal. He broke a record in Asia.
India has already set a record for the most medals won at a Paralympic Games, with seven.