Tokyo Paralympics: India's Sumit Antil very comprehensively won gold in the men's javelin throw (Sport Class F64) here at National Stadium on Monday.
Sumit Antil 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 creating 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 record was 62.88m, which Sumit improved by almost 4 metre 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 for 68.08m. 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 this time again 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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's tweet
Our athletes continue to shine at the #Paralympics! The nation is proud of Sumit Antil’s record-breaking performance in the Paralympics.