Indian para javelin thrower Sumit Antil, despite breaking a world record five times to win a gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics, says it was not his best performance and he will do better. Sumit, a javelin thrower from wrestling, won India’s second yellow medal in the men’s F64 event by winning gold. “It was my first Paralympics and I was a bit nervous as the competition was tough,” he said.
He said, ‘I was thinking that there will be a throw of more than 70 meters. Maybe I could even do 75 meters. It was not my best performance but I am happy to break the world record. Sumit was a wrestler before he lost his left leg in a motorcycle accident.
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He said, ‘I was not a very good wrestler. In my locality, the family forces you to take up wrestling. I started wrestling at the age of seven to eight years and continued to play for four to five years. I was not such a good wrestler.
He said, ‘My life changed after the accident. When I went to the stadium to meet people in 2015, I saw para athletes. He said that if your stature is good then you can play next Paralympic. Who knows how to become a champion.’ And the same happened. “It’s like a dream come true,” he said. I am not able to express my feelings.
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