Indians win 8 medals in para Athletics Grand Prix

Indian para athletes bagged eight medals, including three gold, in the 9th Fazza International IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai.

Sundar Singh Gurjar won a gold each in men’s Javelin Throw F-46 and Discus Throw F-46 competitions.   -  Getty Images

Indian para athletes bagged eight medals, including three gold, in the 9th Fazza International IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai.

With 3 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze medals till the second day of competitions, India are currently at the seventh spot out of 48 participating countries. Sundar Singh Gurjar was the star among the Indians as he won a gold each in men’s Javelin Throw F-46 and Discus Throw F-46 competitions. The 21-year-old Gurjar, who lost his left hand in an accident two years ago, threw a best of 60.33m in Javelin Throw F-46, a whopping 11m more than the second best. He threw 44.56m in Discus Throw F-46, over five meters clear of the rest of the field.

Gurjar could not take part in his event at Rio Paralympic Games last year due to late reporting at the event arena but today he proved his mettle at his very first opportunity. The third Indian gold was bagged by Narender Ranbir in men’s Javelin Throw F-44 with an effort of 47.75m, a release from Paralympic Committee of India said.

The other Indian medal winners were Anandan Gunasekaran (silver) in 400m Men T-42/44/46, Ramkaran Singh (bronze) in 800m Men T-13/20, Surjit Singh (bronze) in Shotput Men F-40/41/42, Rohit (bronze) in 400m Men T-11/12/13 and Pramod K Yadav (bronze) in 400m Men T-42/44/46.