Sumit Antil (born 6 July 1998) is an Indian paralympian and javelin thrower. He won a gold medal in men’s javelin throw F64 category at the 2020 Summer Paralympics. He created world record, throwing 68.55 metre in the final.Sumit Antil broke the world record thrice with three of his six javelin throws in the final of the Tokyo Paralympics on Monday. With this, World No. 1 in the F64 category, Sumit Antil won India’s second gold in the Tokyo Paralympics and the first in athletics. The 23-year-old from Sonepat in Haryana, who lost his left leg below the knee after he was involved in a motorbike accident in 2015, sent the spear to 68.55m in his fifth attempt, which was the best of the day by quite a distance and a new world record.In fact, he bettered the previous world record of 62.88m, also set by him, five times on the day. His last throw was a foul. His series read 66.95, 68.08, 65.27, 66.71, 68.55 and foul…
|Born||6 July 1998|
|Achievements and titles|
|Paralympic finals||2020 Tokyo|
|Personal best(s)||WR 68.55 m (2021)|
The F64 category is for athletes with a leg amputation, who compete with prosthetics in a standing position. Sumit was initially a wrestler but an accident in 2015 brought his life to a halt. He gave up on his dream to become a wrestler but continued on the sporting path.
This was India’s 7th medal at these Games. Shooter Avani Lekhara and Sumit have won gold medals. Three more silvers have been won in Athletics, and one in Table Tennis. One bronze medal has also been won in Athletics.
Sundar Singh Gurjar Avani Lekhara
Sumit had also competed against Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra in the able-bodied Indian Grand Prix series 3 on March 5 in Patiala. He finished seventh with a best throw of 66.43m while Chopra shattered his own national record with a big effort of 88.07m.
He won a silver in the F64 javelin throw at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai.
(With PTI inputs)
|Host city||Tokyo, Japan|
|Motto||United by Emotion[a]|
|Events||539 in 22 sports|
|Opening||24 August 2021|
|Closing||5 September 2021|
|Stadium||Japan National Stadium|