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Sumit Antil

Sumit Antil
Antil in 2021
Personal information
Born (1998-06-07) 7 June 1998 (age 25)
Sonipat, Haryana, India
Sport
Country India
SportPara-athletics
Disability classT64
Achievements and titles
Paralympic finals2020 Tokyo
Personal bestWR 73.29 m (2023)
Medal record
Men's para-athletics
Representing  India
Paralympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2020 Tokyo Javelin throw F64
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2023 Paris Javelin throw F64
Gold medal – first place 2024 Kobe Javelin throw F64

Sumit Antil (born 7 June 1998)[1] is an Indian paralympian and javelin thrower. He won gold medals in men's javelin throw F64 category at the 2020 Summer Paralympics[2] and the 2023 World Para Athletics Championships. He holds the current world record, having thrown 73.29 meters at the 2022 Asian Para Games in Hangzhou.[3]

Early life and education

Sumit Antil was born in Khewra, Sonipat, Haryana, to Niramala Devi and Ram Kumar Antil. His father, employed in Indian Air Force, passed away when he was seven. His mother supported him to take up sports after his accident. He has three sisters, Kiran, Sushila & Renu.[1] He was born in Antil clan, a sub-clan of Tomar Jats.[4] Young Sumit wanted to pursue a career in wrestling and join Indian Army.[5][6] In 2015, when he was 17, his motorbike was hit by a speeding truck while he was returning home from a tuition class. As a result, his left leg was amputated and he had to abandon his dream of becoming a wrestler. Sumit was later supported by the GoSports Foundation[7] through the Para Champions Programme. After completing his secondary education in Dev Rishi Senior Secondary School, Sonipat, Antil was introduced to Para athletics by another para athlete, Rajkumar, while he was pursuing his B.Com from Ramjas college of Delhi University.[8]

Career

In 2017, Antil started training under Nitin Jaiswal in Delhi, and competed in various National and International platforms. He began competing at javelin on the National circuit and GoSports inducted him into the Para Champions Programme in 2019.[citation needed]

In 2019, at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Italy, he broke the world record in the F64 category en route to winning the Silver medal in the Combined Event. He then won the Silver medal at World Para Athletics Championships, Dubai, 2019 and in the process broke his own world record in the F64 category.[9][10]

On 30 August 2021, Antil won a gold medal with a World Record throw of 68.55m in javelin throw F64 at 2020 Summer Paralympics.[11] Competing in the Indian Open National Para Athletics Championships, Antil rewrote the world record for the fourth time in a year with a throw of 68.62 meters, breaking his own mark of 68.55 meters. Three of these marks were astonishingly set during the final of the Tokyo paralympics en route to winning gold.

Awards

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Tandon, Mukesh (31 August 2021). "Sumit Antil's village in Sonepat erupts with joy". www.tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 9 February 2024.
  2. ^ "Athletics - Men's Javelin Throw - F64 Schedule | Tokyo 2020 Paralympics". Olympics.com. Archived from the original on 30 August 2021. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Sumit Antil wins gold with record breaking throw".
  4. ^ "नाराजगी: सोनीपत में ओलंपियन सुमित के सम्मान समारोह से आंतिल खाप का किनारा, कहा- ये तो भाजपा का कार्यक्रम है". Amar Ujala (in Hindi). Retrieved 29 December 2022.
  5. ^ "Javelin throwers lead athletics medal rush, Sumit wins gold with smashing world record show". Outlook. Press Trust of India. 30 August 2021. Archived from the original on 30 August 2021.
  6. ^ Vatchittagong. "Sumit Antil Paralympics 2021: Tokyo Olympic Gold Winner". Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  7. ^ Cyriac, Biju Babu (26 March 2021). "Sumit Antil betters javelin world record at National Para Athletics Championships". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  8. ^ Scroll Staff. "Tokyo Paralympics: Meet Sumit Antil, wrestler-turned-javelin thrower who never gave up on his dreams". Scroll.in. Retrieved 20 January 2023.
  9. ^ "Watch: Sandeep, Sumit bag javelin gold, silver with world record throws at Para Athletics Worlds". Scroll.in. 9 November 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  10. ^ PTI. "World Para Athletics C'ships: Sandeep, Sumit create world records". Sportstar. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  11. ^ Express, India (30 August 2021). "Tokyo Paralympics: Sumit Antil wins gold, breaks world record thrice". TheIndianExpress. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  12. ^ "National Sports Awards 2021: Neeraj Chopra, Lovlina Borgohain, Mithali Raj Among 9 Others to Get Khel Ratna". News18. 2 November 2021. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  13. ^ Sportstar, Team (8 February 2024). "Sportstar Aces Awards 2024: Sumit Antil wins Sportsman of the Year (Parasports) award". Sportstar. Retrieved 9 February 2024.
  14. ^ "Sumit Antil, Sheetal Devi win best male and female athlete at 1st Differently Abled Sports Awards". The Times of India. 26 December 2023. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 9 February 2024.
  15. ^ "Forbes India 30 Under 30 2024: Meet our young disruptors and trailblazers". Forbes India. Retrieved 17 February 2024.
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