Sumit Antil broke his world record in the F64 javelin throw category at the fifth Indian Open Para Athletics International Championships in Bengaluru on Saturday.
He bettered his throw of 68.62m in the 2022 edition with a 70 plus throw this time. His 70.17m throw ensured qualification for the 2023 World Athletics Championships.
Yogesh Kathuniya and Pushpendra Singh also set new World Records and have also qualified for the 2023 World Athletics Championships.
Yogesh created a new world record of 46.79m in men’s discus throw F55-57 category while Pushpendra sent the javelin soaring over 61.60m in the men’s F43 category.
Also on the day, Neeraj Yadav bettered his own Asian record in men’s discus throw F55 category with a mark of 38.51m, which was seven centimetres more than his own previous Asian best. With the effort, Neeraj too has qualified for Worlds.
In an interview to ‘Sportstar’ after the Paralympics, he said he wanted to cross the 75m-mark at the 2022 Asian Games before going for his ultimate dream of throwing beyond 80m.
Sumit had won gold in the men’s javelin F64/44 final with a world record throw of 68.55m at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. He had bested his own previous world record in F64 in the competition.
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