Participating in his first-ever international competition, Indian para-athlete Yogesh Kathuniya became an inspiration for billions with his incredible achievement on the track and field events. The Delhi-born para-athlete broke the world record in the men’s Discus F36 category and Javelin Throw events by bagging the gold in the recently-concluded Para-athletics Grand Prix in Berlin. The event in Berlin was the ninth leg of the World Para-athletics Grand Prix series. Also Read - Sports Ministry to do Away With Salary Cap of Rs 2 Lakh For Coaches
Kathuniya threw 45.18m, which is two metres more than the earlier world record of 42.96m set by China’s Cuiqing Li last year. He came up with his best throw in his third attempt. Also Read - Wrestling Federation of India Fires Women's Coach Andrew Cook After Refusal to Attend Online Sessions
Graduated from Delhi University’s Kirorimal College, Yogesh has trained hard under coach Satyapal Singh in Delhi’s Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium. Unfortunately, he suffered a paralytic attack at a very young age of eight. However, Yogesh never allowed this to come in his of the way of achieving bigger things in life. Also Read - Hockey: India Women's Team Captain Rani Rampal Reveals Her Only Craving During Coronavirus Lockdown
The F36 classification that Kathuniya broke the record in includes para-athletes with coordination impairments in all four limbs, according to the International Paralympic Association. While the similar T36 class is used for track and field athletes, standing throw competitors are included under F36.
Pawel Piotrowski of Poland came second with 35.63m, while Aliaksandr Lvou finished third with 19.24m. These stats in itself tells us about the magnitude of Yogesh’s achievement and his dominance over his opponents. Kathunia outclassed the field by almost 10 metres.
Paralympics 2016 Silver medallist Deepa Malik was quick to appreciate Yogesh’s achievement, she took to her Instagram handle to congratulate the athlete:
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) also pitched in with its wishes:
The young athlete has credited his success at this level to his parents whom he believes have supported him at all stages of his life. His next target is to do well in the upcoming Para-Asian Games which will be held in Jakarta from October 8 to 16.