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Sumit Antil: India’s Paralympic Star

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Sumit Antil is India’s star paralympic athlete. He was India’s most high profile performer in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. In this post, we will find out more about Sumit Antil. Let’s get started.

Sumit Antil: All You Need To Know

Who is Sumit Antil?

Sumit Antil is a Paralympics star from India who lost his leg in a road accident about 6 years ago. Sumit Antil created history by breaking his record in the javelin throw competition in the Tokyo Paralympics 2020, setting a world record in the Paralympics and winning the gold medal. 

How did Sumit Antil win the gold medal?

India won its second gold medal in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics- 2020 in Tokyo. Sumit Antil won the second gold medal for the country, who won the gold medal in javelin throw. During this, Sumit Antil broke his own world record in his very first attempt. He threw the javelin 66.95 meters in the first attempt. Earlier, Sumit Antil had created a world record by throwing the javelin to a distance of 62.88 meters in the sports competitions held in Dubai in the year 2019.

Which category does Sumit Antil hold the record in?

Sumit Antil (Sumit Antil Para Athletes) won the gold medal with a world record in the F64 category. The Indian player won the gold medal by throwing a record 68.55 meters in the final of the Summer Tokyo Paralympics- 2020.

When was Sumit Antil born?

Sumit Antil is an Indian javelin thrower and won the gold medal by winning the final of the javelin throw competition of the ongoing world level competitions in the Tokyo Paralympics 2020. Sumit Antil was born on June 7, 1998 in Khewra village of Sonipat, Haryana. Sumit’s father was in the Air Force and died of illness when Sumit was only 7 years old. Due to the sudden death of their father, the mother took care of all four children.

How did Sumit Antil become a javelin thrower?

According to his friends and family, Sumit Antil wanted to become a wrestler since childhood and to learn wrestling, Sumit Antil used to practice the tricks of wrestling in an arena in Sonipat. Taking Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt as his inspiration, he wanted to earn his name in the field of wrestling, but fate had something else in store for him.

How did Sumit Antil become a paralympic athlete?

About 8 years ago, Sumit Antil became a victim of a road accident and lost his left leg. But Sumit, who has always shown an indomitable spirit, has achieved his miraculous feat because of the basis of his hard work and passion by winning the gold medal in the Tokyo Paralympics 2020.

After the road accident, Sumit Antil’s dream of becoming a wrestler was shattered but he did not get disappointed and decided to move ahead in the sports world. According to the information received, in the year 2018, Sumit Antil met Asian Games silver medalist Virendra Dhankhar and Dhankhar made Sumit meet Naval Singh, the javelin throw coach of AFI para-athletes at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi.

After meeting Sumit Antil, coach Naval Singh advised him to become a javelin thrower and Sumit Antil worked very hard and sweated a lot to become a javelin thrower.

Sumit Antil: Athletics Career

Sumit Antil had won the silver medal in the World Para Athletics Championship held in the year 2019 and with this Sumit Antil qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics 2020.

Sumit Antil had also thrown the javelin to a record distance of 66.90 meters in the F44 category in the National Para Athletics Championship – March 2021.

Awards and achievements

  • World Para Athletics Championship 2019: Sumit Antil won the silver medal in the World Para Athletics Championship held in the year 2019 and along with this he also qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics 2020.
  • National Para Athletics Championship, March 2021: Sumit Antil threw the javelin to a record distance of 66.90 meters in the F44 category.
  • Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Sumit Antil won the gold medal with a world record in the F64 category at the Tokyo Paralympics on August 30, 2021.
  • Sumit Antil created a new world record by throwing 68.55 meters in the final.

India won its second gold medal in the Tokyo Paralympics. Sumit Antil won the second gold medal for the country, after another Indian, Neeraj Chopra had won the Olympic Gold in the same event. But Sumit Antil went one better and shattered the world record in the process as well. During this victorious campaign, Sumit Antil broke his own world record in his very first attempt and he threw the javelin 66.95 meters in his first attempt. Earlier, in the javelin throw competition held in Dubai in 2019, Sumit Antil had made a world record with 62.88 meters.

Which award did Sumit Antil receive in 2021?

For his excellence during the Tokyo Paralympics, Sumit Antil was awarded the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award by the President of India in 2021.

What is Sumit Antil’s new world record?

After his impressive showing at the Tokyo Paralympics, where he broke his own world record thrice, Sumit Antil shattered it again during the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Paris. Sumit Antil broke the 70 metre barrier in his paralympic category and established a new world record of 70.83 metres.

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