Sumit Antil, another hero of the Indian contingent at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics has reigned supreme. He has won the Gold medal in the F64 Men’s Javelin Throw with a World Record Breaking performance. This has taken India’s medal tally to 7. It is India’s second gold in the campaign after Avani Lekhara’s gold in the 10m Rifle. This has taken the Indian contingent to the best ever 25th position. This once again brings along with it great news as some of the most anticipated Indian events are yet to take place. F64 Javelin began at 3:30 pm IST and at 4:50 pm IST, Sumit was declared the winner.
Sumit Antil Gold Medal: –
Sumit has bagged the third medal in the sport of Javelin for India in Tokyo. The classification for Sumit is F64. Sumit was also supported in the event with his co-athlete Sandeep Singh. With Sumit being in great form before the Tokyo campaign, a medal was certainly expected but a record-breaking gold just puts the icing on the cake! Sumit showed signs of great touch in the qualifications and matched the qualification margins with ease. This is Sumit’s first medal at the Paralympics but this is the 23-year old’s first Para game as well. The star has a long way to go!
Sumit Antil Finals: –
The Finals in the Tokyo Stadium began with supreme anticipation. Sumit was one of the 10 athletes who qualified for the finals. He was accompanied by another Indian Sandeep Singh, two Brazilians, Sri Lankan, Australian, Fiji, and Ukrainian athletes as well. The format for every Javelin event is simple. Every athlete is given 6 throws out of which his best attempt is considered. Sumit began his first Paralympics’ final on a high note. All of his initial 5 throws were considered and only the last one was a foul. His throws read as follows; 66.95m, 68.08m, 65.27m, 66.71m, 68.55m. Sumit was on fire. He broke the World record thrice in just a matter of 15-20 mins. Sumit was throwing fireballs. His talent was shown in full bloom.
Sumit Antil Final Score: –
The first position and the bright “Gold” were bagged by India’s Sumit Antil. The second position was held by Australian M Burian. The third position had the Sri Lankan Athlete and his beautiful smile.
Sumit Antil, India, 68.55m- Gold.
M Burian, Australia, 66.29m – Silver.
D. Kodithuwakku, Sri Lanka, 65.61m – Bronze.