Javelin throwers lead athletics medal rush, Sumit wins gold with smashing world record show

Dumitant Sumit Antil has set his world record several times with F64 gold, while F46 category veteran Devendra Jhajharia has cemented his position as India’s largest para-athletic athlete as spearheads lead world championships and medals at the Paralympics here on Monday.

Another javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar picked up the bronze at Jhajharia’s ceremony, while discus throwing Yogesh Kathuniya’s F56 silver ensures that India makes its presence heard throughout the platform and during the day.

The star of the day was 23-year-old Sumit as he climbed to the top of the podium with an impressive 68.55m throw in his fifth attempt, which was the best day of the day with a new world record.

“In training, I have thrown 71m, 72m, many times. I don’t know what happened in my race. One thing is for sure: next time I will throw in a lot better, ”said Sumit after a spectacular performance.

A native of Sonepat in Haryana, Sumit, who lost his left leg below the knee after a motorcycle accident in 2015, broke the previous world record of 62.88m, which he also set, five times a day. His series read 66.95, 68.08, 65.27, 66.71, 68.55 and worse.

Australian Michal Burian (66.29m) and Dulan Kodithuwakku of Sri Lanka (65.61m) took silver and bronze respectively.

The F64 category is for leg-cut runners, who compete with prosthetics in a standing position.

In March this year, Sumit competed against Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra in the Indian GP Series 3 where he finished seventh with a 66.43m effort. He won silver at the 2019 World Championship in Dubai.

Earlier, Devendra won silver in the F46 category ahead of South African Sundar Singh Gurjar. The 40-year-old, who won gold in the 2004 and 2016 games, has released a new silver 64.35m.

Devendra had bet his world record (63.97m) but Sri Lankan Dinesh Priyan Herath Mudiyanselage has appointed a new mark of 67.79m for the titles.

“In sports and competition, these kinds of things happen. There is always going up and down. I did my best and bet my best. But it happened to be his (Sri Lankan) day, ”said Devendra.

The 25-year-old Sundar, who lost his left arm in 2015 after a metal object fell on him at a friend’s house, was third with a massive 64.01m effort.

Sundar won gold in the 2017 and 2019 World Para Athletics Championships and silver at the 2018 Jakarta Para Asian Games.

She entered the 2016 Rio Paralympics but was not eligible to report late in the call room before the event. Copper on Monday was nothing but his redemption.

The F46 category is for athletes with a defective arm, impaired muscle strength or a non-paralyzed range of motion, and competing athletes in a standing position.

The 24-year-old Yogesh sent the disc to the best distance of 44.38m in his sixth and final attempt to win silver at the F56 event.

Claudiney Batista dos Santos of Brazil, the world record holder and world record holder, defended her title with 45.59m and Leonardo Diaz Aldana (43.36m) of Cuba won bronze.

Yogesh’s bronze at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai has earned him a place in Tokyo.

In the F56 division, athletes have full strength and arm strength. Pelvic stability is given to others in full power to press the knees together.

“Because of the locks the whole stadium is closed. I would not have had a coach and would still be training without a coach. It was a good moment to win a silver medal without a coach, ”said Yogesh.

Another javelin thrower Sandeep Chaudhary (F64) finished fourth in the final.

However, in a contingent heart attack, discus operator Vinod Kumar (F52) lost his brass on Sunday after being found “unsuitable” in a re-examination of his disability program.

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