India’s star para-athletes Sandeep Chaudhary along with Suman broke 2 World Records in the javelin throw event at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix held in Grosseto, Italy.
Sandeep, who already holds the javelin world record in the F44 category, surpassed his mark from 60.01 to 65.80 to clinch the gold and qualify for the Tokyo Paralympics. He achieved the world record feat in his second attempt of the Day 2’s action in Grosseto.
Sumit ended the campaign in the second position with a combined javelin category behind Sandeep with another World Record effort of 60.45 in the F64 category. He managed to achieve the milestone in his third attempt, having started the throw with a 53.87.
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Another of India’s Para athlete, Sundar Singh Gurjar came third in the podium after a throw of 58.99. The next best, a 42.77 throw, came from Italy’s Stanislav Ricci.
Sandeep Chaudhary: A Jewel of an Athlete
This is not the first time that Sandeep Chaudhary has done the country proud with his extraordinary achievements. The 22-year-old had won India’s first gold at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta.
“If it was only a gold medal, I would have maybe felt I should have chased a world record too. But I’ve got everything I could wish for,” he said after the epic victory, “When I saw the medal around my neck, I forgot about all the post-victory plans I had made.”
Earlier this year, Sandeep had given his best throw of 60.01m, breaking a 39 year-old record in the F44 category set by China’s Mingjie Gao back in 1980. The F44 category is applied for para athletes affected by leg length difference, limb deficiency, impaired muscle power or impaired passive range of movement and competing without prosthesis.
Sandeep Chaudhary, who hails from Sonepat, Haryana, is supported by the non-profit GoSports Foundation.