If breaking World records is an art, then Sumit Antil is surely the Picasso of it. India’s Javelin thrower Sumit Antil produced a sensational performance at Tokyo Paralympics as he broke the world record in Men’s Javelin throw F64 final for three times. Sumit broke the World record in his first attempt and thereafter, went on to improve the World record in his second and fifth attempt.
Sumit Antil threw a monumental throw of 66.95 m in his first attempt to better the previous World record and went on to improve it in his second attempt (68.08 m) before setting another one in his fifth attempt with a monstrous throw of 68.55 m. His third throw was of 65.27 m, while his fourth was of 66.71 m. His final (sixth) throw was invalid.
WATCH: Sumit Antil shatters the World record
Sandeep Chaudhary misses out on bronze
Australia’s Michal Burian bagged the Silver medal with a best of 66.29M while Sri Lanka’s Dulan Kodithuwakku won the bronze with a throw of 65.61M. India’s Sandeep Chaudhary missed out on the bronze medal as he finished fourth with a best of 62.20M, his season best.
India has won seven medals now in the ongoing Paralympics and has secured its highest medal tally ever in a single edition of Paralympics Games. Avani Lekhara became the first Indian women to win a Gold medal at the Paralympics after the shooter equaled the World record of 249.6 points in Women’s 10m AR Standing SH1 final. Devendra Jhajharia, Nishad Kumar, Bhavina Patel and Yogesh Kathuniya have won Silver each, while Sundar Singh Gurjar has won the Bronze. Meanwhile, India’s discuss thrower Vinod Kumar had to give up his Bronze medal as he was found ‘ineligible’ in disability classification by the Organizers. With more medal contenders lined- up in the coming days, India will be eying some more medals in the Paralympics 2020.