India’s javelin throwers continue their stellar performance at the Tokyo Paralympics. Sumit Antil has given India the third medal in this competition. He won the gold medal in the men’s (F64 category) final on Monday. With this victory of Sumit, India’s medal tally has gone up to 7.
Sumit won the gold medal by throwing a javelin 68.55 m away. This throw of Sumit Antil has also become a world record. This is India’s second gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics.
Before Sumit, Avani Lakhera gave India gold in shooting. She won the gold medal in the women’s R-2 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 on Monday.
Sumit has broken his own record in this match. He threw 66.95 meters in the first attempt, which became a world record. After this, in the second attempt, he broke his own record by throwing 68.08 meters. Sumit further improved his performance and made a world record by throwing 68.55 meters in the fifth attempt.
A medal came out of India’s hand
India’s discus throw athlete Vinod Kumar on Monday lost the bronze medal in the Paralympics men’s F52 event after being found ‘ineligible’ by the tournament’s panel in the qualification inspection. With this, a medal has gone out of India’s hands.
Let us inform you that Vinod Kumar won the bronze medal on Sunday. But there was a protest over the qualification of his disorder, after which the medal was stopped. BSF’s 41-year-old Vinod Kumar had finished third with a best throw of 19.91m.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Sumit. He tweeted, ‘Our athletes continue to shine in the Paralympics! The nation is proud of Sumit Antil’s record breaking performance in Paralympics. Congratulations to Sumit for winning the coveted gold medal. Best wishes for the future.
improved his own previous world record five times
Sumit, 23, from Sonepat, Haryana, threw 68.55 meters in his fifth attempt, which was the day’s best performance and a new world record. Rather, he bettered his own previous world record of 62.88m five times a day. However, his last throw was a ‘foul’. His series of throws were 66.95, 68.08, 65.27, 66.71, 68.55 and foul.
Australia’s Michal Burian (66.29m) and Sri Lanka’s Dulan Kodithuvakku (65.61m) won silver and bronze medals respectively. India’s Sandeep Chaudhary (62.20) finished fourth. Athletes who have amputated a leg in the F64 event take part in a standing position with a prosthesis (leg).