Tokyo Paralympics: Sumit Antil wins gold, creates new World Record in F64 javelin throw

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India’s Sumit Antil very comprehensively won gold in the men’s javelin throw (Sport Class F64) here at National Stadium in Tokyo on Monday. Sumit dominated the show from the word go as he improved the World Record three times in the final. He threw a monstrous throw of 68.55m in his fifth attempt to climb on the top of the podium.

Australia’s Michal Burian won silver with a throw of 66.29m and created a new World Record in Sport Class F44. Dulan Kodithuwakku of Sri Lanka captured bronze while recording his personal best. Another Indian in the final, Sandeep Chaudhary, finished fourth with a season-best of 62.20m.

Sumit, who went first in the field, gave an almost uphill task to all contenders as he started the final by breaking his own World Record with a throw of 66.95m. The previous world record was 62.88m, which Sumit improved by almost 4 meters in his very first attempt. Sandeep meanwhile went for 61.13m in his first attempt.

Sumit looked like a man on a mission as he threw javelin for another world record in the second attempt of the final for68.08m. The Indian improved the previous best, which he created on his first attempt by 1.13 meters. Meanwhile, Sandeep’s second attempt was invalid, while for the third, he went for 62.20m which landed him in the fourth position.

The man in red-hot form, Sumit, threw 65.27m and 66.71m in the third and fourth attempts. For his fifth attempt, the Indian again went big and shattered the world record with a throw of 68.55m.

Earlier in the day, javelin throwers Devendra Jhajharia and Sundar Singh Gurjar won silver and bronze, respectively, in the men’s Standing Javelin (F46). Devendra Jhajharia grabbed silver with a personal best throw of 64.35m. This was also his third medal at Paralympic Games. Meanwhile, Sundar captured bronze with a season-best throw of 62.58m.

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