Javelin thrower Sandeep Chaudhary clinched India’s first gold medal at the ongoing Asian Para Games, finishing on top in the men’s F42-44/61-64 category in Jakarta on Monday. Sandeep claimed the top honours with a best throw of 60.01m, which he managed in his third attempt. Also Read - Year-Ender 2019: A Record-Breaking Year for Indian Para-Athletes Despite Administrative Turmoil
The silver medal went to Sri Lanka’s Chaminda Sampath Hetti, who cleared 59.32m in his best effort, while Iran’s Omidi Ali settled for the bronze with 58.97m. Also Read - India Finish World Para Athletics Championships 2019 With Their Biggest Ever Medals Tally
Chaudhary’s disability falls in the F42-44/61-64 category, which relates to limb deficiency, leg length difference, impaired muscle power or impaired range of movement. The athletes in this category compete without a prosthesis. Also Read - Sandeep Chaudhary Set Sight on Tokyo Paralympics After World Para Athletics Championships Gold
On Sunday, India won two silver and three bronze medals at the Games.
In the 49kg men’s powerlifting event, Farman Basha claimed the silver and Paramjeet Kumar won the bronze.
Swimmer Devanshi Satijawon then picked up a silver in women’s 100-metre butterfly in S-10 category and Suyash Jadhav clinched the bronze in the men’s 200-metre individual medley in SM-7 category.
(With PTI Inputs)