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Rajasthan Boy Bags India's First Gold At World Para Athletics Championships

In the F46 category, Javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar recorded his personal best effort of 60.36m on the very first night of the tournament.

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Javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar gave India its first medal at the 2017 IPC Para Athletics Championships.

In the absence of Paralympic gold medallist Devendra Jhajharia, Sundar, who had been disqualified from this event in Rio 2016 due to technical reasons, found redemption and took home the gold medal and the tag of world champion with a personal best throw of 60.36m.

However, he had his moment in the sun in February this year, by putting in an inspiring show at the Fazza IPC Athletics Grand Prix, where he won three gold medals - one each in javelin throw, shot put and discus throw.

Speaking after his event, Sundar said, "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. Hence, this gold medal is great motivation for me to perform even better from here on. I have recovered fully, and will do even better at the Asian Games (next year)."

Source: Outlook India

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