Asian Para Games 2023: Sundar Singh sets new world record to win gold, India sweep podium in men’s javelin F-46 event
Ankur Dhama and Nimisha Suresh also won gold medals in men’s 1500m T11 and women’s long jump T47 events.
The athletics contingent continued to shine bright in the evening session of day 3 at the Asian Para Games 2023, with India achieving a remarkable podium sweep in the men’s F-46 javelin event. Sundar Singh etched his name in history by securing the gold medal and setting a new world record with a remarkable throw of 68.60m. Rinku closely followed with a best throw of 67.08m, while Ajeet Singh settled for the bronze with a distance of 63.52m.
In the men’s T11 1500m event, Ankur Dhama secured gold, marking his second gold medal at the Continental meet. Clocking 4:27.70, he outpaced Kyrgyzstan’s Abduvaliev to claim the top spot, while the other Indian participant, Koratikere, faced disqualification.
The men’s shot put event in the F57 category saw Soman Rana and Sema Hotozhe clinch the silver and bronze medals, respectively. Rana achieved a distance of 14.42m, while Hotozhe reached a personal best of 13.94m.
Later in the day, Suresh Nimisha claimed gold in the women’s T47 long jump by registering her best effort of 5.15m. Another Indian competitor, Keerti Chauhan, recorded a personal best of 4.42m but fell short of the podium. The event featured only four athletes, with two from India and two from Sri Lanka.
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Sharath Shankarappa Makanahalli and Balwant Singh Rawat secured two more medals for India in the men’s T13 1500m event, earning silver and bronze, respectively. Makanahalli finished second with a time of 4:13.60, while Rawat registered 4:20.58 to claim a spot on the podium. Notably, Makanahalli is now a multiple medalist at the Asian Para Games 2023, having previously won a gold medal the previous day.