Para Athletics C'ships: Gurjar Singh claims gold

Sunder Singh Gurjar grabbed the first gold medal on the opening night of the World Para Athletic Championships in London.

India's Sundar Singh Gurjar claimed gold medal in men's javelin throw event at the World Para Athletic Championships.   -  Getty Images

India's Sundar Singh Gurjar opened the account with a gold medal on the opening night of the World Para Athletic Championships in London. His effort of 60.36m, personal best, in the men's javelin throw F46 clinched him the top spot.

 

Gurjar Singh was pleased with his performance adding that his preparation wasn't at the best coming into the championships. "I have got the gold but to be honest my preparation for Rio (Paralympics 2016) was much better. This time wasn't that great, as I was a bit disturbed mentally.

"This time I will try and win the gold at the Asian games. I will throw well and do my absolute best," said the 21-year-old.

 

The gold medallist was eager to reach out to his family after his superb feat adding, "I haven't met them yet but now I am desperately keen to go and meet them."

Compatriot Rinku came in fourth with his own personal best effort of 55.12m but it wasn't enough to take home a medal.

In the men's short put event, Virender Dhanwar narrowly missed out on a medal as he finished fourth with an overall effort of 13.62m. Brazil's Santos Thiago Paulino came first with a season best 14.31m effort.

Ekta Bhayan finished sixth in the women's club throw F51 event and Jayanti Behera failed to qualify for the women's 200m T47 final.

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