Tokyo Paralympics qualified javelin thrower Sumit Antil broke his own record in the F44 category on Friday. Antil, with an effort of 66.90 m won the gold medal during the 19th National Para Athletics Championship in Bengaluru.
The 22-year-old javelin thrower improved his own record of 66.43 m. It was recorded during the Indian Grand Prix tournament organized by the Athletics Federation of India at Patiala. Most importantly, Sumit had competed with able-bodied athletes in that event.
Unfortunately, Sumit’s record throw of 66.90 m will not be considered as a record because the Nationals are not certified by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The current world record is in the name of Sandeep Chaudhary — 66.18 m set in 2019.
Sumit qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics during the 2019 World Para Athletics Championship. He won a silver medal in the tournament. Another Indian, Sandeep Chaudhary won the gold. Chaudhary also qualified for Tokyo Paralympics with his gold in the same Championship.
Sandeep Chaudhary finished 2nd behind Sumit Antil in the 19th National Para Athletics Championship in Bengaluru. Sandeep touched the mark of 60.90. The bronze medal was grabbed by Sandeep Sagar of Maharashtra, with a throw of 56.78 m.
Antil’s 1st throw measured 63.80 m. He fouled in his third attempt, it was the 5th attempt in which he crossed the 65 m mark, and then in the 6th throw, he touched the record mark.
Antil was a wrestler at SAI when he met with an accident in 2015. His love for sports turned him towards para-athletics.
“I want to be consistent throughout. I believe there is a lot of scope for improvement in me. Right now I am focused on the Paralympics,” Antil said.
Antil’s coach Naval Singh believes that Sumit has the capability to touch the magical 70 m mark at the Tokyo Games. “He will definitely improve in the coming months,” Singh said.
“Every year he needs 6-7 new prosthetic limbs. The limbs broke as he imparts a heavy power while launching the throw. I sincerely thank the government’s TOPS scheme because of which he is able to get the replacements. His every set of limbs comes at about Rs 4 lakh,” the coach added.
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