Sundar Singh Gurjar bagged the gold in Javelin for India on the opening day of the World Para Athletics Championships in London, to win the country its first medal of the championships.
In the process, Gurjar also recorded his personal best throw, measuring 60.36 meters. The medal is validation of the talent that Gurjar possesses, who despite qualifying for the Rio Paralympics last year was unable to participate because he did not hear his role call.
Defending champion Guo Chunliang of China won the bronze medal, despite throwing his season’s best of 56.14 meters. Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Priyantha Herath finished second with a throw of 57.93m.
Gurjar has been in tremendous form leading up to the World Para Athletics Championships, winning a gold each in javelin throw, shot put and discus throw at the Fazza IPC Athletics Grand Prix. The Indian para contingent is expected to do well as a whole, after they won two golds and a silver and bronze each in the Paralympics last year, despite veteran Devendra Jhajharia failing to qualify for the World Championships this year.