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Here are India’s Javelin Throwers Participating at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020, and Their Chances at Winning

Take a look at India's Javelin Throwers going to the Tokyo Olympics, and their chances at finishing on the podium.

India at Tokyo Paralympics

As the Tokyo Paralympics draw closer, athletes all over the world take the stage to showcase their talent and skill. Scheduled to be held between 24th August and 5th September, India will be sending its largest ever contingent to the Tokyo Paralympics, a total of 54 athletes over 9 sports.

India first made its debut at the Paralympics all the way back in 1968, and has had quite a successful showing since then. Athletics has been the most successful event for India, with athletes winning 10 medals including 3 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze. Javelin throwing has seen a lot of success at the Paralympics, with Bhimrao Kesarkar getting the first medal in Javelin in 1984. Joginder Singh Bedi took home another medal at the same Paralympics, while Devendra Jhajharia has picked up two gold medals at the 2004 Paralympics and 2016 Paralympics.

India will be sending 8 Javelin throwers to the Paralympics, and several of them have a chance to finish on the podium. Let us take a look at India’s javelin throwers, and what their chances of winning a medal are.

India’s Javelin Throwers Going to the Tokyo Paralympics

Devendra Jhajharia

Devendra Jhajharia

Probably the most well known Indian javelin thrower, Devendra Jhajharia has already won two gold medals at the Paralympics in the past. Jhajharia picked up javelin from a very young age. His arm was amputated at just 8 years old, but this did not stop Jhajharia from pursuing his dreams.

Jhajharia took home the gold medal at the 2004 Paralympics while also setting a record of 63.79m. Jhajharia became the first Paralympian to be honoured with the Padma Shri and he received the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award in 2017 as well. Going into the Paralympics, Jhajharia will be looking to create history by becoming the first Indian to win 3 medals at the Paralympics or Olympics.

Ajeet Singh Yadav

India’s Javelin throwers: Ajeet Singh Yadav

Ajeet Singh Yadav will be representing India in the F46 Javelin throw category. Yadav won gold at the 2019 Asian Para Games as well as a bronze medal at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships. He made an incredible recovery after his accident in 2017, and just 4 years later he is representing India at the Paralympics.

He qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics after his exceptional performance at the World Championships. Yadav has a best throw of 65.88m, and will be looking to finish on the podium this year.

Sandeep Chaudhary

India’s Javelin thrower: Sandeep Chaudhary

Sandeep Chaudhary is a 25 year old Javelin thrower hailing from Rajasthan. Having had an accident at the age of just 12, Sandeep now competes in the F-64 category and will be going to his debut Paralympics.

He won gold at the 2018 Asian Para Games and set a new record of 60.01m in F42-44/61-64 category. He also took home a gold medal at the 2021 Dubai Grand Prix with a throw of 61.22 m. His longest throw came at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships where he also took the gold medal with 66.18 m.

Sundar Singh Gurjar

India’s Javelin thrower: Sundar Gurjar

Sundar Singh Gurjar will be looking for redemption after his disastrous journey at the Rio Paralympics. While Gurjar qualified for his very first Paralympics in 2016, he was disqualified from the finals after coming 52 seconds late. Gurjar was a medal contender then, and 5 years later he is still a medal contender.

With a plethora of international medals, he participates in the F-46 event after a construction accident. Gurjar has a silver medal at the 2018 Asian Para Games, and gold medals 2016 and 2017 IPC Athletics Grand Prix and 2017 IPC World Championships. Gurjar will be looking to secure a finish on the podium and find redemption.

Sumit Antil

India’s Javelin thrower: Sumit Antil

After losing his leg in a bike accident, Sumit Antil found his passion in track and field in javelin throwing. The former wrestler grew up competing in Akhadas in Sonepat. He went on to win a silver medal at the 2019 Para World Championships. With a season best throw of 66.43m, Antil will be making his way to his debut Paralympics.

Navdeep Yadav

India’s Javelin throwers: Navdeep Yadav

At just 19, Navdeep Yadav qualfied for his very first Paralympics in 2021. He will be competing in F-41 category for people with short stature. He recently qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics with a throw of 43.58m taking home the gold medal at the 2018 World Para Athletic Grand Prix.

Tek Chand

India’s Javelin thrower: Tek Chand

Tek Chand got introduced as the new flag bearer of India at the Tokyo Paralympics, a great honour for the javelin thrower. Chand will be competing in the F-54 category. He took up javelin in 2016, with his coach Satbir Singh after being disabled in a road accident.

Hailing from Haryana, Chand took the Asian Para Games in 2018 and qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics, where he will be looking to finishing on the podium.

Ranjeet Bhati

India’s Javelin throwers: Ranjeet Bhati

Haling from Haryana, Ranjeet Bhati explored many talents before finding his love for javelin throw. He is a gold medallist in the wheelchair Rugby National Tournament before winning a Silver in Haryana National Javelin Tournament.

Bhati’s progress has been incredible, as he took fourth in the 18th National Para Athletics Championships and then later went on to take gold at the very same Championships in 2021. Bhati will be making his debut appearance at the Tokyo Paralympics this year.

What are the Chances of India’s Javelin Throwers to win medals at the Tokyo Paralympics

India can optimistically win 6 medals in javelin if all athletes are up to the mark. Devendra Jhajharia is India’s biggest medal hope in javelin, as he will be going for his third medal at the Paralympics.

“My performance at the national selection trials gave me a lot of confidence going into the Games. Tokyo 2020 will be a different ball game altogether with a different atmosphere where a lot of rules and protocols need to be followed, but I want to think positive and go there and just play my game,” said Jhajharia to Inside the Games.

He will have tough competition from Sundar Gurjar who is the reigning world champion and in the same category as Jhajharia. Ajeet Singh is the third athlete in this category and there is a possibility of never before done all Indian sweep.

Sandeep Chaudhary is the reigning world champion and world record holder(66.18m) in the F64 category, and is a contender for the podium finish. Sumit Anil is set to join Sandeep in the same category.

Navdeep has been entered in the men’s F41, Ranjeet Bhati in the men’s F57 and Tek Chand in the men’s F54.

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