Sumit Antil scripted history on Monday as he broke the world record on his way to a gold medal in the Men's Javelin throw - F64 final at the Tokyo Paralympic Games on Monday.
Antil hurled the spear to 68.55 metres, improving on his old mark of 62.88 set in November 2019.
It’s 2nd for INDIA at #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics
Sumit Antil came with the intention to win & he showed the world what he’s capable of by breaking the World Record to win it!!!
He wins Gold in Javelin Throw F64 Final with a throw of 68.55m#Praise4Para#Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/dnBJ5Ci729
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Australia's Michael Burian won the silver medal with 66.29 metres while Sri Lanka's Dulan Kodithuwakku took the bronze medal with 65.61 metres. Both Antil and Burian went past the old world record while the Sri Lankan came up with his personal best.
Antil's gold in the second of the day for India, making it the most successful day in the Paralympic Games. Avani Lekhara won the gold medal in women's 10mair rifle SH1 while Devendra Jhajharia and Yogesh Kathuniya won silver medals in the javelin (F46) and discus throw (T56) final. Sundar Singh Gurjar claimed a bronze medal in javelin throw F46, finishing behind Jhajharia.
India's Sandeep Choudhary - an F44 category athlete -- finished fourth with a throw of 62.20m, his season's best effort just not good enough against athletes who were in great form. Sandeep has a best throw of 66.18 and he would have been in medals if he had managed to repeat that.
With IANS Inputs