Picture Credit: Twitter

Picture Credit: Twitter

Tajinderpal Singh Toor became only the third shot putter in the history of the Asian Championships’ history to defend his title on Friday, July 14. Also an Asian record-holder, Toor threw the ball to a distance of 20.23m in his second attempt. The moment was however dampened when Toor had to limp off, thanks to an injury sustained during competition. The 28-year-old was clutching his groin, though the exact nature and extent of the injury is yet to be made clear.

This is not the first time Toor has suffered an injury in his athletic career. He missed the 2022 World Championships and the Birmingham Commonwealth Games through a groin injury sustained shortly prior to the World Championships. The athlete also had to undergo wrist surgery following the Tokyo Olympics. He will be hoping that this latest injury is minor as the World Championships in Budapest begin in less than a month. Toor qualified for the World Championships after a record throw of 21.77m at the National Inter-State Championships in Bhubaneshwar, earlier this month.

Choudhary, Saroj, Aboobacker and Yarraji clinch gold for India

Currently at third with five gold medals, India has also achieved one silver and three bronze medals. 

Steeplechaser Parul Choudhary won gold in the 3000m category while Abdulla Aboobacker, Jyothi Yarraji and Ajay Kumar Saroj brought home gold in the triple jump, the 100m hurdles and the 1500m categories respectively. 

Shaili Singh bagged a silver medal in long jump and Tejaswin Shankar, Abhishek Pal, and Aishwarya Misra won bronze in the decathlon, 10,000m, and 400m categories respectively.

India is currently in third place, behind Japan and China. Though India has the same number of gold medals, China is ahead due to more medals achieved overall at the tournament.