Sundar Singh Gurjar bags India’s first gold at World Para Athletics Championships
Javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar bags India’s first gold medal at 2017 IPC Para-Athletics World Championships in London on Friday. He became the world champion with his personal best attempt of 60.63m in the men’s javelin throw F-46 category.
Hailing from Rajasthan, the 21-year-old was disqualified last year at Rio Paralympics as he turned up late for the event. And was not allowed to participate in the event. Disappointed after Rio’s fiasco, he was eagerly waiting for the moment to pull it off and make the nation proud.
Clinching the gold, elated Gurjar told HT, “I was eagerly waiting for this moment since the Rio fiasco and I am very happy that I was able to pull it off. Although sure of a medal before the start, I had a sprain in my ankle while attempting the first throw and that sowed seeds of doubt. I thought bad luck would deprive me of a medal again. Thankfully, it was a minor sprain and in the next throw I touched 59.42m which gave me confidence.”
However, he has won three gold medals at Fazza IPC Athletics Grand Prix in February this year, in javelin throw, shot put and discus throw.
“I am thankful to God that I am back on track. The Rio episode put my career in jeopardy. I thought it was all over. But somehow, with the help of my family and coach Mahaveer Prasad, I was able to get back to training and gradually pick up the momentum. The medal at the World Championships was very important for me. Had I missed it, I would have gone mad,” he added.
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