Tokyo Paralympics-bound Sumit Antil created new record by breaking his own record. Let us share that Sumit created world recoed in javelin throw in the F44 category with an effort of 66.90m to claim the gold medal during the National Para Athletics Championship on Friday. While the 22-year-old Sumit break his own record of 66.43m. This record was made by him during the Indian Grand Prix organised by the Athletics Federation of India at Patiala. He had competed with able-bodied athletes in that event.
For your information let us share that he qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics during the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships where he had won a silver behind another Indian Sandeep Chaudhary. Chaudhary, who has also qualified for Tokyo Paralympics after winning the gold at the the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships and a former world record holder before Antil broke it, finished second with a best throw of 60.90m. Chaudhary was recently embroiled in a controversy when he went missing when a team of dope testers from abroad came for an out-of-competition test at his training base in New Delhi.
Here it is needed to mention that the F44 category athletes have leg amputations or reduced function in one or both legs, and they compete without a prothesis. Meanwhile, the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) has responded to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) which sought a report after it emerged that facilities at the championship were not wheelchair-friendly and COVID-19 protocols were also “not being adhered to”.