At the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, India’s Sumit Antil won gold in the men’s javelin F64/44 final with a world record throw of 68.55m. In the tournament, the 22-year-old broke his own world record in F64. He threw 66.95 metres, 68.08 metres, 65.27 metres, 66.71 metres, and 68.55 metres during the tournament.
Sumit, hailing from Khewra village near Haryana’s Sonepat, had originally planned to become a wrestler but those dreams were shattered after his left leg was amputated following a road accident. After months in the hospital, a prosthetic limb resurrected his athletic aspirations, giving him the courage to fight against national stars, and in March of this year, he broke the global record for the first time at the Indian GP.
Here is how our PM congratulated him with his tweet;
Our athletes continue to shine at the #Paralympics! The nation is proud of Sumit Antil’s record-breaking performance in the Paralympics.
Congratulations Sumit for winning the prestigious Gold medal. Wishing you all the best for the future.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 30, 2021