Sundar Singh Gurjar becomes first para athlete to win gold medal in World Para Athletics Championship

Sundar Singh Gurjar opened India's account in World Para Athletics Championship by bagging a gold medal in javelin throw event

Good news coming from World Para Athlete Championships, London as India’s Sundar Singh Gurjar wins the first gold medal in the tournament. Sundar Singh who featured in the Javelin throw event was able to throw his personal best 60.46 m which was enough to get him a gold medal and open India’s account in the medals tally. It’s an emotional win for the Sundar Singh after he was disqualified from Rio 2016 Paralympics as he missed his announcement call by a minute in the tournament. Sundar Singh was unable to understand the accent in which the announcement was made which led to his disqualification.

It is a great turnaround for the 21-year-old para-athlete was dejected after Rio 2016 Paralympics incident as he finished at the top of the standings and making a national record. Despite everything Sundar Singh did not lose hope as he went on to win three gold medals at the Fazza IPC Athletics Grand Prix in 2017 while participating in the Javelin throw, shot put and discuss throw.

India would have got another medal but Virender Dhanwar missed out on a bronze medal as he finished fourth in Men’s shot put event. His throw of 13.62 could not get him the 3rd spot. The best throw in the shot put event came from Brazillian Santos Thiago Paulinho who recorded a season best 14.31 m effort.

India’s Ekta Bhayan too missed out on a medal as she finished sixth in the Women’s club throw event. After Sundar Singh’s gold medal India were at the 6th spot in the World Para Athletics Championship.