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History! Gold for Sumit Antil in Javelin as India’s Medal Tally Continues to Grow at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics

India bagged its 7th medal at the Tokyo Paralympics, a sensational gold medal from Sumit Antil in men's F64 javelin, while Sandeep finished fourth with a personal best.

Sumit Antil

As the Tokyo Paralympics are underway, India found tremendous success on day 6 of the Paralympics. Avani Lekhara picked up a historic gold medal in women’s shooting, bringing India’s first medal of the day, following which Yogesh Kathuniya won a silver medal in the men’s F56 discus throw.

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Javelin in the men’s F46 category saw Devendra Jhajharia clinch the silver medal and Sundar Gurjar take the bronze medal, taking India’s total medal tally to 6. All eyes were now on Sumit Antil and Sandeep, as they took the stage in the evening to try and finish on the podium in the men’s F64 javelin throw.

Sumit was first to take a throw, and he immediately stunned the world and asserted his dominance by breaking the previous world record of 62.88m. Antil launched the javelin to a massive length of 66.95m, shattering the old record.

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He went on to better his throw even further, with another huge effort of 68.08m to hold on to the top spot. Antil went on to register a throw of 65.27m and then 66.71m. Antil was not done yet, and another surprise effort in the fifth round saw the javelin reach 68.55m, breaking the world record once again, and clinching the gold medal.

Tokyo Paralympics: Sumit Antil Clinches Gold; Sandeep Finishes Fourth After Personal best performance

India’s Javelin thrower: Sandeep Chaudhary

Sandeep started off with a throw of 61.13m which immediately put him in third place. Sandeep had a foul in the second round but went on the register a throw of 62.20m. The personal best was not enough to put him in medal contention however, as he sat in fourth place, behind Australia’s Michal Burian.

Eventually, Sumit Antil went on to win the gold medal with a world record of 68.55m, while Australia’s Michal Burian who went on to clinch the silver medal with a throw of 66.29m. Sri Lanka’s Dulan Kodithuwakku took the bronze medal after registering a strong throw of 65.61m

Sandeep finished just outside medal contention, with a best throw of 62.20m. This was India’s fifth medal of the day, as India have already created history at the Tokyo Paralympics winning a total of 7 medals till now.

Also read: Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Avani Lekhara rewrites Paralympic record to clinch India’s first gold medal

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