India at Paralympics 2020: Debutant Sumit Antil smashed his own world record multiple times for the F64 class gold at the Paralympics here on 30 August 2021.
- Antil set a new world record on his way to a gold medal hurling the spear to 68.55 metres.
- He bettered the previous world record of 62.88m, also set by him, five times on the day. His series read 66.95, 68.08, 65.27, 66.71, 68.55, and foul.
- Sumit’s gold took India’s medal tally to 7 at Tokyo Paralympics.
- Australian Michal Burian (66.29m) and Sri Lanka”s Dulan Kodithuwakku (65.61m) took the silver and bronze respectively.
- The F64 category is for athletes with a leg amputation, who compete with prosthetics in a standing position.
About Sumit Antil:
- Sumit Antil is a student of Delhi’s Ramjas College.
- He was an able-bodied wrestler
- The 23-year-old from Sonipat, who lost his left leg below the knee after he was involved in a motorbike accident in 2005, participated in able-bodied javelin throw till 2015 before taking a break.
- On comeback in 2018, he started participating in para-sports and immediately made an impact, winning silver in the 2019 World Championships in Dubai.
A golden moment for India at the Paralympics:
- Earlier, Shooter Avani Lekhara scripted history as she became the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympics, firing her way to the top of the podium in the R-2 women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event.
- Veteran Devendra Jhajharia’s F46 category silver cemented his status of being India’s greatest para-athlete as javelin throwers led the country’s track-and-field medal rush at the Paralympics.
- Another javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar picked up bronze in Jhajharia’s event, while discus thrower Yogesh Kathuniya’s F56 silver ensured that India made its presence felt across the podium and through the day.