Ground Report | New Delhi: Tokyo Paralympic; Indian para javelin thrower Sumit Antil on Monday won India’s second gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics by winning the men’s javelin F64 event with a world record throw of 68.55m.
His previous world record was also 62.88m, which he set in Dubai in 2019. But it’s not over. He returned for a monster throw of 68.55 in his fight attempt.
In an inspired evening in Tokyo, Antil produced throws of – 66.95, 68.08, 65.27, 66.71, and 68.55. His last attempt, however, returned a foul throw. And it didn’t matter. Another Indian contestant in the event, Sandeep Choudhary finished fourth with a best throw of 62.20.
Sri Lanka’s Dulan Kodithuvakku kept Antill on his toes during the 10-man final with throws of 62.11, 59.81, 63.49, 65.61, 61.64, and 65.05, but it was Australia’s Michal Burian who scored a best of 66.29 in his final attempt. Won a silver medal with a throw.
Earlier on Monday, Avani Lekhara won India’s first gold medal by winning the women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing S1 event. On Monday, India got a total of five medals. In the men’s javelin throw (F-46) event, Devendra Jhanjharia of India won silver and Sundar Singh Gurjar won bronze.
On the other hand, Yogesh Kathunia won a silver medal in the F-56 event of discus throw. India has so far won seven medals in the Tokyo Paralympics. There are two gold medals, four silver, and one bronze medal.
Along with this, like the Tokyo Olympics, this is India’s best performance in the Paralympics as well. Prior to this, India’s best performance was in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio where it won two gold, one silver, and one bronze.