Sundar Singh Gurjar wins gold on opening night of 2017 World Para Athletics


  • Sundar Singh Gurjar wins gold on opening night of 2017 World Para Athletics
    Sundar Singh Gurjar wins gold on opening night of 2017 World Para Athletics
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India's para-athletes have opened the account at 2017 World Para AthleticsChampionships on day 1 with a Gold. Sundar Singh Gurjar triumphed in the men's javelin throw F46 with a personal best of 60.36m. Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Priyantha Herath came second with 57.93m, while defending champion Guo Chunliang of China was third with a season’s best 56.14m. This was nothing less than redemption for Gurjar, who suffered a miserable heartbreak at the Rio Olympics two years ago. undar had, back then, set a national record in javelin throw - the event he was to represent in Rio. He saw it as his day, the day he would win a medal for India. "I wanted to win. That was all that I had in mind. I had prepared for this day since the last four years of my life and wanted to make it count," recalls Sundar.

Minutes later, everything changed. India won a medal, but the medallists didn't include his name. The reason was tragic, as the 21-year old missed his call, failing to understand the accent of the announcers, as he reached the registration desk only a minute late to find himself disqualified. He did manage to redeem his name almost six months later when he hit the jackpot at the  Fazza IPC Athletics Grand Prix, where he won three gold medals in the javelin throw, shot put and discus throw.



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