Asian Para Games: Sumit Antil breaks world record, leads India’s 30-medal haul on Day 3 | Asian Games 2023 News

NEW DELHI: India’s reigning Paralympic champion, Sumit Antil, broke his own javelin throw F64 world record with an astonishing 73.29m effort, securing the gold medal on the third day of the Hangzhou Asian Para Games on Wednesday.
India’s medal tally reached 64 (15 gold, 20 silver, 29 bronze), with this being the most successful day, where 17 of the 30 medals, including all six golds, came from athletics.
Antil, aged 25, exceeded his previous world record of 70.83m. He was joined on the podium by another Indian, Pushpendra Singh, who claimed the bronze with a 62.06m throw. Antil, who hails from Sonepat, achieved this remarkable feat in the F64 category for athletes with a leg amputation, competing with prosthetics in a standing position.

Additionally, Ankur Dhama made history as the first Indian to win two gold medals in a single edition of the Asian Para Games, taking the top spot in the men’s T11 1500m race with a time of 4:27.70, having also won gold in the men’s T11 5000m race the previous day.

Sundar Singh Gurjar set a new world record in the men’s F46 javelin throw with a distance of 68.60m, surpassing the previous record of 67.79m. Indian athletes swept all three medals in the men’s F46 javelin throw event, with Rinku and Ajeet Singh taking silver and bronze, respectively.

The women’s T11 1500m event saw India clinch the gold and silver medals with Rakshitha Raju and Killaka Lalitha taking the top two positions.

Haney and Nimisha Suresh Chakkungalparambil added gold medals in the men’s F37/38 javelin throw and women’s T47 long jump events.

Additionally, India secured a silver in women’s F54/55 discus throw and bronze medals in men’s T35 200m and T37 200m.

In para table tennis, Bhavina Patel won a bronze in women’s singles Class 4, and Sandeep Dangi secured another bronze in men’s singles class 1. In para archery, India won two silver medals and a bronze.
In para badminton, India clinched six bronze medals, while in para powerlifting, Zainab Khatun and Rajkumari won a silver and a bronze, respectively, in the women’s 61kg category.
(With PTI inputs)

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