Tokyo Paralympics: Sumit Antil wins gold, breaks world record thrice

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.[2] He created world record, throwing 68.55 metre in the final.[3]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…

Personal information
Born 6 July 1998 (age 23)
Sport
Country India
Sport Para-athletics
Disability class T64
Achievements and titles
Paralympic finals 2020 Tokyo
Personal best(s) WR 68.55 m (2021)[1]
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Medal record
Men’s para-athletics
Representing 
 
India
Paralympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2020 Tokyo Javelin throw F64

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.

Sumit Antil

Bhavina Patel
Nishad Kumar
Sundar Singh Gurjar Avani Lekhara
Devendra Jhajharia

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]
Nations 163
Athletes 4,537
Events 539 in 22 sports
Opening 24 August 2021
Closing 5 September 2021
Opened by
Cauldron
Yui Kamiji
Karin Morisaki
Shunsuke Uchida
Stadium Japan National Stadium

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