India’s Sunder Singh Gurjar won first medal on Day 1 of the 2017 in World Para Athletics Championships in London . He won gold medal in the men’s javelin throw event which held in London, United Kingdom.
In the F46 category, Sundar recorded his personal best effort of 60.36m ahead of Dinesh Priyantha Herath (Sri Lanka) who emerged second with 57.93m, followed by defending champion Guo Chunliang (China) with 56.14m.
Sundar Singh Gurjar hails from the Karauli district in Rajasthan. In November 2015, he was competing in General Categoryin which he lost his left hand in an accident. After accident, he started participating in para-athlete competitions.
Sundar was not able to participate in the F46 javelin throw category at the 2016 Rio Paralympics after he was disqualified. But at the same event, India’s Devendra Jhajharia had won the gold medal.
Sunder said after his event , “I was very disappointed after Rio, as I had prepared intensely and ultimately, could not compete. My morale was completely broken then, but I am delighted with this comeback to competition. I had trained hard for the World Championships as well, but not as much as I had done for Rio”
Another impressive performance in F46 javelin throw by 18-year old Rinku. The talented athlete from Rohtak, who had finished fifth in Rio, bettered his personal best from the Paralympics with a throw of 55.12m, to end fourth and miss out on another medal for India.