Indian para-athlete javelin thrower Sandeep Chaudhury wins gold at the World Para Athletics Championships on Friday in Dubai, UAE in combined F 42-64 category. Sandeep also was able to create world record in F-44 category with his throw of 66.18 metres in his second attempt. Besides, his throw also earned him a berth at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. He was the previous World Record holder with 65.80m, which he picked up in June this year.
Sumit Antil, on the other hand, clinched the silver medal with his best throw 62.88 metres in his second attempt. Even Sumit’s throw turned out to be a world record in F-64 category. The previous World Record was also in his name, which was 61.32 metres.
Both Sandeep and Sumit have earned their berth at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics with Top-4 finish at World Para Athletics Championships
In the opening day of the event on 7 November, Indian discus thrower Vinod Kumar finished fourth in the finals of men’s discus throw F52 event and earned himself a place at 2020 Paralympics. Vinod threw a personal best of 19.29 to attain the qualification.
A strong 23-member Indian team has gone to secure Tokyo 2020 Paralympics qualification slots at the Dubai 2019 World Para Athletics Championships.