Sundar Singh Gurjar Strikes Gold at 2017 World Para Athletics Championships


Javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar gave India its first medal at the 2017 IPC Para Athletics Championships here.

Sri Lanka Dinesh Priyantha Herath bagged silver with 57.93m while defending champion Guo Chunliang of China finished third with a mark of 56.14m. It's an emotional win for the Sundar Singh after he was disqualified from Rio 2016 Paralympics as he missed his announcement call by a minute in the tournament.

After the event, Sundar told how he felt after Rio and how he trained for World Championships. I have recovered fully, and will do even better at the Asian Games (next year). The talented athlete from Rohtak, who had finished fifth in Rio, bettered his personal best from the Paralympics with a throw of 55.12m, to end fourth and narrowly miss out on another medal for India. I am happy, of course, although I was not at my best because I have had an injury to my calf. "If he had thrown better I would have gone a lot further as well".

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In the men's shotput F57 event, fellow GoSports Foundation athlete Virender Dhankar also came tantalisingly close to a podium place, ended fourth with a throw of 13.62m.

Day 4 will feature six Indians in three different events - Men's Club Throw F51 Final (Amit Kumar and Dharambir), Men's 400m T44 final (Vinay Kumar Lal and Anandan Gunasekaran) and Men's Triple Jump T47 (Ram Pal Chahar and Amit Kumar).