Sumit Antil sets a new 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 meters, improving on his old mark of 62.88 set in November 2019.
Antil brought second gold medal for India in the Paralympic Games 2020, while Sandeep Chaudhary finished fourth with a best throw of 62.20m. Avani Lekhara won the first gold medal in women’s 10mair rifle SH1.
Australia’s Michael Burian won the silver medal with 66.29 meters while Sri Lanka’s Dulan Kodithuwakku took the bronze medal with 65.61 meters. Both Antil and Burian went past the old world record while the Sri Lankan came up with his personal best.
President Ram Nath Kovind lauded the historic achievement of Antil through his Tweet. His post read: “Sumit Antil’s historic performance in the javelin throw at the #Paralympics is a moment of great pride for the country. 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!”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also appreciated the gold medallist.
“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.”-Narendra Modi (August30,2021)
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