Sumit Antil broke his world record in the F64 javelin throw at the fourth Indian Open National Para Athletics Championship 2022 in Bengaluru on Friday. He bettered his throw of 68.55m at the Tokyo Paralympics and won gold in the process throwing 68.62m in his third attempt.
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.
Yogesh Kathuniya, who won gold in the F56 discus throw, also landed a world record 48.34m throw in his fifth attempt. The Indian para discus thrower won silver at the Tokyo Paralympics with his season-best of 44.38m in his sixth and final attempt.
He set a world record in the F36 category with a throw of 45.18m at 2018 World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin. Before the Paralympics he won bronze at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai.
For his performance in the Tokyo Paralympics, he received the Arjuna Award in November 2021.
The Indian Open National Para Athletics Championship 2022 will take place on 18th and 19th August 2022.