Asian Para Games 2023: Sachin Khilari wins gold, creates new Games Record in men’s F-46 shot put
Rohit Kumar clinched bronze in the same event.
India’s Sachin Khilari clinched historic bronze in men’s F46 shot put by registering 16.03m at the ongoing Asian Para Games 2023. The 34-year-old in the process also breached the Games Record of 15.67m held by China’s Wei Enlong created in 2018. Interestingly, the Chinese athlete finished second behind Sachin. Registering personal best mark, 14.56m, Rohit Kumar the second Indian athlete in the event finished third.
Mohammaed Yassar finished last with a best effort mark of 13.84m. Sachin Khilari from Maharashtra has enjoyed commendable success this season. A few months back at the World Para Athletics Championships, he won gold medal in shot put and to date has won the National Para Athletics Championship five times.
Earlier in the day, the Indian athletics contingent won two bronze medals; both in the track events. Narayan Thakur continued his prime form to clinch bronze in men’s men’s T35 100m by clocking 14.37 seconds. Earlier in the meet, he won bronze in men’s T35 200m dash. On the other hand, Shreyansh Trivedi won his second medal of the ongoing Games and this time clinched bronze in men’s T37 100m.
Like Narayan, Shreyansh clinched bronze yesterday in men’s T37 200m run. Apart from athletics, the archery contingent won their fourth meal of the campaign in men’s doubles W1 archery. In shooting, Paralympic gold medalist Avani Lekhara and Sidhartha Babu progressed to the final in R6 Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH1.
Also, India is now five medals away from achieving the best-medal haul at the Asian Para Games; currently stationed at 68.