On Monday, Sumit Antil secured the second gold medal for India at the Tokyo Paralympics today.
After a dream Saturday, it is Monday and today Devendra Jhajharia and quite a few others would be in focus. Hello and welcome to the LIVE blog of all the Indian events from Tokyo Paralympics on Day 6. It was a day to remember from an Indian point of view.
India’s Sumit Antil won gold in men’s javelin (F64) at the Tokyo Paralympics with a new world record throw of 68.55m. Sumit Antil smashed the world record not once, not twice but thrice during the final in Tokyo on Monday. He threw 66.95 in his first attempt to set the new world record, before bettering it with his second throw. Then in his fifth attempt, he again set a new world record with a throw of 68.55m. Fellow Indian Sandeep Chaudhary finished fourth in the event, with a best throw of 62.20m.
Australia’s Michal Burian won the silver medal, with a best attempt of 66.29m, while Sri Lanka’s Dulan Kodithuwakku took home the bronze medal.
Antil lay down the marker with his very first throw, which put him in the lead and also broke the existing world record in the F64 category — also set by him.
He then set the world record again in his second attempt with a throw of 68.08m.
His third and fourth attempts were 65.27 and 66.71 respectively, but he seemed to have already sealed the gold medal, with none of his competitors really threatening his position.
Then, in the fifth attempt, he threw 68.55m to set a world record for the third time in the day and ensure India’s second gold medal at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics.
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