India’s Sumit Antil won gold in men’s javelin (F64) at the Tokyo Paralympics with a new world record throw of 68.55m.
Sumit began with a throw of 66.95m to top the standings after round 1 and set a new world record.
He then consolidated his position with his second throw of 68.08m and smashed the previous world record.
In the third and fourth throws, respectively, he threw 65.27m and 66.71.
🔥 Sumit Antil sets a WR with his first 66.95m throw!
🔥 Breaks his OWN WR with his second 68.08m attempt!
🔥 Breaks it yet AGAIN in his 5th attempt with 68.55m
🔥 Wins the Men's Javelin F64 #Gold for #IND! #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics #ParaAthletics pic.twitter.com/q3Nl2m1dLM
— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) August 30, 2021
The 23-year-old from Sonepat in Haryana, who lost his left leg below the knee after he was involved in a motorbike accident in 2015, sent the spear to 68.55m in his fifth attempt, which was the best of the day by quite a distance and a new world record.
Australia’s Michal Burian won the silver medal, with a best attempt of 66.29m, while Sri Lanka’s Dulan Kodithuwakku took home the bronze medal.
This was India’s 7th medal at Tokyo Paralympics. Shooter Avani Lekhara and Sumit have won gold medals.
Three more silvers have been won in Athletics, and one in Table Tennis. One bronze medal has also been won in Athletics.
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