Sumit Antil wins gold with world record throw

30 Aug 2021, Tokyo: Javelin thrower Sumit Antil won gold medal with a world record in the men’s F64 event at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, here on Monday.

Sumit had lost his left leg below the knee in a motorbike accident in 2015.  He made a splendid debut at the Games by winning India a second gold medal at the ongoing Paralympics.

Sumit Antil, threw 68.55 meters in his fifth attempt, which was the day’s best performance and a new world record. He bettered his own previous world record of 62.88m five times a day.

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Although, his last throw was a ‘foul’. The 23-year-old Sumit Antil, who switched to Javelin Throw from wrestling only in 2018, made his intentions clear with an opening throw of 66.95m for a World record. He improved that to 68.08m with his second throw. His nearest rival, Australia’s Michael Burian had a best throw of 66.29m and Sri Lanka’s Dulan Kodithuwakku got bronze with a best effort of 65.61m.

Another Indian in the fray,  Sandeep Chaudhary finished fourth with a season best throw of 62.20 meters.

Rank Name NPC 1 2 3 4 5 6 Best Remarks
G Sumit Antil IND 66.95 68.08 65.27 66.71 68.55 x 68.55 WR
S Michal Burian AUS 60.11 62.86 61.22 63.15 61.43 66.29 66.29 WR
B Dulan Kodithuwakku SRI 62.11 59.81 63.49 65.61 61.64 65.05 65.61 PB
4 Sandeep Chaudhary IND 61.13 x 62.20 x x 62.03 62.20 SB
5 Francisco de Lima BRA 53.16 55.47 55.30 56.33 53.52 52.07 56.33
6 Edenilson R. Floriani BRA 54.12 50.13 55.54 x 51.90 x 55.54 SB
7 Michael Gallardo USA 54.72 51.67 x x 53.32 x 54.72
8 Roman Novak UKR 52.66 x 53.73 53.00 54.30 52.73 54.30 SB
9 Chaminda Sampath SRI 49.94 48.34 49.21 Did not advance 49.94
10 Inosi Matea Bulimairewa FIJ x 42.52 42.55 Did not advance 42.55 SB

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