Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Sumit Antil creates history, another gold medal for India in Javelin throw

In his first attempt, Antil threw the javelin to 66.95m, which was a world record, his second throw of 68.08 was even better than the first one. He made a foul in his sixth and the last attempt, his series of throws read as 66.95m, 68.08m, 65.27m, 66.71m, 68.55m.

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Sumit Antil kept breaking his record in his six attempts and set the world record thrice in a single day. He won the gold medal with an enormous throw of 68.55m in the F64 category at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Antil has grabbed the position of world number one. Sumit Antil is the second para player to win a gold medal in the Paralympic Games. Earlier, shooter Avani Lekhara won the gold medal in the women's 10m air rifle event.

In his first attempt, Antil threw the javelin to 66.95m, which was a world record, his second throw of 68.08 was even better than the first one. He made a foul in his sixth and the last attempt, his series of throws read as 66.95m, 68.08m, 65.27m, 66.71m, 68.55m. The 23-year-old para player hails from Sonepat, Haryana. Sumit lost his left leg below the knee because he met with an accident in 2015. Initially, Antil practised wrestling but, the accident made him change his dreams. In the Tokyo Paralympic Games, he participated in the F64 category. It is for athletes with amputated legs who can compete with prosthetics in standing positions.

Antil's fellow representative of India, Sandeep Chaudhary, made a throw of 62.20m to end up in the fourth position. While congratulating Sumit Antil for his performance, Sports Authority of India tweeted, "It’s 2nd ???? for INDIA at #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics Sumit Antil came with the intention to win & he showed the world what he’s capable of by breaking the World Record to win it!!! He wins Gold in Javelin Throw F64 Final with a throw of 68.55m #Praise4Para #Cheer4India.

This year has been a good one for the sport of javelin in India. Earlier, para players Devendra Jhajharia and Sundar Singh Gurjar won silver and bronze medals in men's F46 javelin throw. How can one forget the gold medal-winning throw of Neeraj Chopra at the Tokyo Olympics 2020?