Indian javelin thrower Shivpal Singh bagged a gold medal at the Military World Games which are being held in the capital of Hubei Province in Wuhan, China. He achieved this feat in his first attempt with a score of 83.33. It was enough to beat his Polish counterpart Krukowski Marcin whose best score was 78.17 which was in his second attempt.
However, he is still short of his qualification mark for the Olympics which stands at 85m. Another Indian who finished fifth was Abhishek Singh had a personal best score of 74.54.
Previously, Shivpal Singh had won the silver medal at the 2019 Asian Championships which were held in Doha, Qatar.
He had also won the men’s javelin throw event at the Budapest Open in 2016. He had finished eighth in his previous outing at the 2018 Asian Games as he could manage only one throw due to an elbow injury which prevented him from attempting again. Hailing from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, he was selected for the junior world championships but was eventually left out from the squad because of an injury.
Meanwhile, Shivpal who’s a sergeant with the Air Force has high expectations and seeks continuous improvement. With the Olympics less than a year away, you wouldn’t bet against him from reaching his objective.
India added two more gold medals to its tally with para-athletes Aneesh Kumar Surendran Pillai and Virender bring it home in their respective fields.
Pillai won gold for disabled men’s shot put IF1 category in which he managed to achieve a score of 12.76m in his fourth attempt. His compatriots from Peru, Felipa Carlos won the silver, while Severs Robert from the Netherlands clinched bronze.
Virender added another gold when he emerged victorious in the men’s disabled shot put IF5 category with the best score of 11.43m. French national Marfil Nicolas bagged the silver and Italian Suma Piero Rosario won the bronze.
India finished fourth in the 25m Centre Fire Pistol Men team event after the trio of Yogesh Singh, Gurpreet Singh, and Omkar Singh finished fourth behind Ukraine, Korea and China and missed out on adding a bronze medal to the tally.