India’s Wins Second Gold in Tokyo Paralympics: Sumit Antil Breaks World Record In Javelin


India’s Most Successful Paralympics Ever: Two Golds In A Day

New Delhi, August 30: Indian athletes rocked the Tokyo Paralympics on Monday. After shooter Avani Lekhara, now javelin thrower Sumit Antil has given India another gold medal. Sumit who won the gold medal in the F64 category with a world record, won the medal in the final with his best throw covering 68.55 metres and making a world record.

The journey of Sumit of Sonepat has been full of difficulties. Even after losing a leg in a road accident that happened 6 years ago, Sumit never gave up on life and faced every situation with great courage. This is India’s third medal in javelin throw at Paralympics 2020.

India has so far won 7 medals in Paralympic Games including 2 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze. It has become India’s most successful Paralympics ever. Earlier, India had won 4-4 medals in 2016 Rio Olympics and 1984 Olympics. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also congratulated all the athletes.

Sumit breaks his own record

Sumit has broken his own world record in Paralympics. He threw 66.95 meters in the first attempt, which became a world record. After this, in the second throw, he threw the javelin 68.08 meters away. Sumit further improved his performance and threw 68.55m in his 5th attempt, which became a new world record. His third and fourth throws were 65.27m and 66.71m. While the sixth throw was a foul.

India won 5 medals on Monday
Monday was a great day for India at the Tokyo Paralympics. Before Sumit, Avani Lekhara won the gold medal in shooting. The 19-year-old shooter secured first position in Class SH1 of Women’s 10m Air Rifle. While Devendra Jhajharia won the silver medal in javelin and Yogesh Kathunia in discus throw. Apart from this, Sunder Singh Gurjar won the bronze medal in Javelin Throw.

On the other hand, Vinod Kumar, who won bronze in discus throw on Sunday, was stripped of the medal today. The result was put on hold on Sunday. Some countries had objected to their classification category. India’s Chief of Mission Gursharan Singh said that the organisers did not find Vinod eligible in his classification category.

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Vinod participated in the F52 category

The 41-year-old Vinod participated in the Paralympics in the F52 category. Athletes who have muscle weakness are included in this category. Lack of limbs, leg length is uneven. Such players take part in the competition sitting on a wheelchair.

Gursharan said that the organisers withdrew the medal saying that Vinod’s body is stronger than this category. The technical committee has placed him in the “Classification Not Completed” (CNC) category. Because of this Vinod’s performance has been dropped from the final.

Earlier on August 22, he was also examined. However, then the organisers had said that they would specially screen Vinod during the event itself. Then Vinod was allowed to play. Vinod won the bronze medal in the final with a best throw of 19.91m.

Avni creates history with Gold

Avni, who hails from Jaipur, Rajasthan, became the first Indian woman athlete to win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games. This is also India’s first gold medal in shooting in the history of Paralympics. She won the gold medal in the women’s 10m Air Rifle Class SH1 final by scoring 249.6 points. Earlier, he had made it to the finals by finishing 7th in the qualification round.

National anthem heard again in Tokyo

The national anthem was once again heard at the Tokyo Paralympics. When Para shooter Avani Lekhara was given the gold medal on the podium, then the national anthem filled every citizen of India with pride. Earlier, there was a similar atmosphere when javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra got the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Now Neeraj has thanked Avni for this on his Twitter handle. Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Mirabai Chanu has also congratulated Avni.


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Devendra Jhajharia won silver medal

Two-time Paralympic gold medalist Devendra Jhajharia wins another medal in Tokyo. He threw the javelin 64.35 meters away in the F46 category. While Sundar Gurjar threw 64.01 meters. Devendra Jhajharia of Churu district of Rajasthan had earlier won gold medal in Rio Paralympics 2016 and Athens Paralympics 2004. He holds the record of winning 2 gold medals for India in Paralympics. Devendra now has a total of 3 Paralympic medals.

Yogesh won silver in discus throw

Yogesh Kathunia won silver for India in discus throw in the F56 category. Yogesh, 24, from Delhi made his best throw of 44.38m in his sixth and last attempt. This is his season best too. Brazil’s Batista dos Santos Claudani won the gold medal in this event with a throw of 45.25m. Diaz Aldana Leonardo of Cuba won the bronze.

PM Modi congratulates all the athletes

PM Modi, after these mind blowing performances by Indian athletes at the Paralympic has congratulated them.

Congratulating Avani, PM Modi said, “Phenomenal performance Avani Lekhara! Congratulations on winning a hard-earned and well-deserved Gold, made possible due to your industrious nature and passion towards shooting. This is truly a special moment for Indian sports. Best wishes for your future endeavours.”

While praising Sumit, the PM said “Our athletes continue to shine at the Paralympic . 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.”

PM also congratulated Yogesh, saying “Outstanding performance by Yogesh Kathuniya. Delighted that he brings home the Silver medal. His exemplary success will motivate budding athletes. Congrats to him. Wishing him the very best for his future endeavours.”

PM said- “Superb performance by Devendra Jhajharia! One of our most experienced athletes wins a Silver medal. Devendra has been making India continuously proud. Congratulations to him. Best of luck for his future endeavours.

PM said- Congratulations to Sundar on winning the bronze. He has shown great loyalty.


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