India wins their second gold medal of the day as Sumit Antil broke three world records en route to his victory at the Men’s Javelin F64 category event. This was India’s fifth medal of the day.
Our athletes continue to shine at the #Paralympics! The nation is proud of Sumit Antil’s record-breaking performance in the Paralympics.
Congratulations Sumit for winning the prestigious Gold medal. Wishing you all the best for the future.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 30, 2021
Sumit Antil was in the supreme form today as his first attempt itself set a new record at 66.95 metres which made him top of the leader board. His second throw of 68.08 metres smashed his previous world record and consolidated his position on the board. In his third and fourth attempts, he threw at a distance of 65.27 and 66.71 metres respectively. He hadn’t completed breaking records yet. His fifth attempt led to the javelin travelling 66.85 metres from the starting line. He ended his competition on a mediocre note with a foul throw but that was enough for him to achieve victory in this event and get the gold medal.
#TokyoParalympics | India secures its 2nd Gold medal. #SumitAntil sets new world record to win gold medal in men's javelin throw (F64) event at #Tokyo. With the best throw of 68.85 metres in final, he takes India's medal count to seven.pic.twitter.com/9dltxcAI6j
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) August 30, 2021
Sandeep Chaudhary, his compatriot in the same event, got the fourth position ending up with a personal best of 62.20 metres. Australia’s Michael Burian won the silver medal while Sri Lankan javelin thrower Dulan Kodithuwakku took home the bronze.
The day started with Avani Lekhara winning India’s first gold medal in shooting at the Tokyo Paralympics with her competing in the women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1 event. Her total score was 249.6 which equalled the world record. She was also the first woman to win a gold medal in the Paralympics. Other gold medallists before her and Antil in these Games were swimmer Murlikant Petkar (1972), javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia (2004 and 2016), and high jumper Thangavelu Mariyappan (2016).
Devendra Jhajharia won a silver medal for his performance in the men’s javelin throw (F46) event with a best throw of 64.35 metres. His compatriot, Sundar Singh Gurjar clinched the bronze medal with his best throw of 64.01 metres. Yogesh Kathuniya clinched a silver medal in the F56 Men’s Discus Throw today also with his best throw being at 44.38 metres.
Yesterday, India won two silver medals. Paddler Bhavina Patel won silver in Class 4 women’s singles tables tennis. Nishad Kumar bagged the silver medal for his performance in the T47 High Jump event by setting a new Asian record.
🔥 Sumit Antil sets a WR with his first 66.95m throw!
🔥 Breaks his OWN WR with his second 68.08m attempt!
🔥 Breaks it yet AGAIN in his 5th attempt with 68.55m
🔥 Wins the Men's Javelin F64 #Gold for #IND! #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics #ParaAthletics pic.twitter.com/q3Nl2m1dLM
— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) August 30, 2021