World Para Athletics Championships: Amit Kumar Saroha bags silver in club throw

18 July 2017, 11:19 AM

On the fourth day at the World Para Athletics Championships, Amit Kumar Saroha made India proud when he clinched silver medal in men’s club throw F51 competition.

Saroha’s best throw of 30.25m, in his third attempt, fetched him a silver medal. In the process, the para-athlete from Haryana set a new Asian record in this event.

Serbia’s Zeljko Dimitrijevic retained his title with a world record throw of 31.99m. Another Indian, Dharambir finished 10th with his best throw of 22.34m.

The 32-year-old Saroha had also won a silver in this event in the last edition of the biennial championships in Doha in 2015. He also had won a gold medal in this event in the 2014 Incheon Asian Para Games.

Saroha, the first quadriplegic to represent India at a Paralympic Games (London 2012), will also take part in men’s discus throw F52 final on Tuesday.

Earlier, Sundar Singh Gurjar had won a gold in men’s javelin throw F46 on July 14.

Saroha suffered a car accident when he was 22, causing him to become a quadriplegic due to compression of the spinal cord. Before his injury, Saroha was a national level hockey player. 

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(With PTI Inputs)

First Published: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 09:13 AM
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