Indian Sumit Antil won gold in the men’s F64 / 44 javelin final with a world record of 68.55m at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The 22-year-old broke his previous world record in F64 in competition. He has always been doing well throughout the competition, with throws of 66.95m, 68.08m, 65.27m, 66.71m, and 68.55m. In the space of six throws, he broke his previous world record three times.
Sri Lanka’s Dulan Kodithuwakku won bronze with a best throw of 65.61m, while Australian Michal Burian won silver with a world record in the F44 category of 66.29m. Indian Sandeep Chaudhary, meanwhile, finished at 62.20 m, the best of the season for him.
Sumit, from the village of Khewra near Sonepat in Haryana, originally planned to become a wrestler, but those dreams were shattered after his left leg was amputated in a car accident. After months in hospital, a prosthetic leg gave the hope sporting his dreams, gave him the confidence to compete with opponents at the Indian GP in March this year, and he broke the world record the first time.
When Sandeep was 12 years old, an untreated left hip injury caused pus to form in the joint. He had to be surgically removed so it wouldn’t spread to other parts of his body. As a result, his mobility was affected. He dabbled in a variety of sports, primarily badminton and volleyball. It wasn’t until 2014 that he picked the javelin.
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