SUMIT ANTIL: GOLD MEDALIST

Sumit Antil won Gold Medal in the F64 Men’s Javelin throw at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics after he hurled the javelin a distance of 68.55m. in his first attempt, he scored 66.95m which beat his previous personal best of 62.88m and the current world record. In his second throw, he cleared a distance of 68.08m to set a new world record for this category. His next two attempts of 65.27m and 66.71m would have also broken his earlier world record which he set at the 2019 World Oara Athletics Championships in Dubai.

Antil was born on 6 July 1998 (age 23) in Khewra, Sonipat, Haryana, India. He lost his leg below the knee after he was involved in a motorbike accident in 2015, at the age of 15. Sumit is assisted by the Gasports Foundation through the Para Champions Programme. Sumit was introduced to Para Athletics by another Para athlete, Rajkumar, while he was pursuing B.Com from a prestigious institute, Ramjas College of Delhi University.

TOKYO PARALYMPICS

In 2017, Sumit started his training under Nitin Jaiswal in Delhi, and competed in various National and International Championships. He began competing at javelin on the National Circuit and GoSports inducted him into the Para Champions Programme in 2019.

In 2019, at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Italy, he broke his world record in the F64 category and winning the Silver Medal in the Combined Event and had a start of his career. Afterwards he won the Silver medal at World Para Athletics Championships, Dubai, 2019 and in the championship he again broke his own world record in F64 category. On 30 August 2021, Sumit Antil won Gold Medal with a World Record throw of 68.55m in Javelin throw F64 at 2020 Summer Paralympics.

Sumit hails from a middle-class family was a JWO (Junior Warrant Officer) in the Indian Air Force. He was into sports from a small age and his favorite sport was wrestling. In fact, he wanted to be a wrestler and idolizes Yogeshwar Dutt who was a bronze medal at London 2012 Olympics.

Later his life was changed in 2015, on January when he was returning from tuition on a bike he met with an accident. He was immediately taken to hospital but doctors have no option but to amputate his leg below knee.

Sumit is an inspiring spirit for the nation after the tragedy he didn’t lose his hope and won Gold for the nation and  gave India a proud moment.

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