Sumit Antil

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Sumit Antil is an Indian Paralympian athlete and Javelin Throw player who is known for breaking the world record and his own personal record at the 2020 Summer Paralympics by throwing 68.55 m in the finals.Sumit Antil was born in a middle-class family in Sonipat, Haryana. His father was a retired Indian Air Force official who passed away when he was seven years old. His mother took care of him and his three elder sisters.In his school days, Sumit wanted to pursue a career in wrestling, and he was a huge fan of Yogeshwar Dutt. However, in 2015, Sumit met with an accident when a tractor trolly loaded with cement hit him while he was coming back from his tuition. He was immediately taken to the military hospital, where the doctors had to amputate his leg. He was on bed rest for the next two months, and later, he was shifted to Artificial Limb Center, Pune.

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Sumit Antil is an Indian Paralympian athlete and Javelin Throw player who is known for breaking the world record and his own personal record at the 2020 Summer Paralympics by throwing 68.55 m in the finals.Sumit Antil was born in a middle-class family in Sonipat, Haryana. His father was a retired Indian Air Force official who passed away when he was seven years old. His mother took care of him and his three elder sisters.In his school days, Sumit wanted to pursue a career in wrestling, and he was a huge fan of Yogeshwar Dutt. However, in 2015, Sumit met with an accident when a tractor trolly loaded with cement hit him while he was coming back from his tuition. He was immediately taken to the military hospital, where the doctors had to amputate his leg. He was on bed rest for the next two months, and later, he was shifted to Artificial Limb Center, Pune.In 2017, another para-athlete from his village, Rajkumar, introduced Sumit to Para Athletics and asked him to change his sport and start competing. Sumit began practising under the guidance of his coach, Naval Singh, in Delhi. In the beginning, it was tough for him to work out as the liner of his prosthetic leg would fill up with blood due to excessive heat. However, Sumit never gave up and kept practising. In an interview with the Times of India, Naval said- When I saw Sumit for the first time I had to motivate him a lot. He wanted to be a wrestler, but that career path wasnt possible then. Sumit has good height and physique. He was 62 and had a good build. I knew if I worked on him, he could do wonders. I managed to convince him to switch to javelin and he started training under me,.After observing his performance in various events, GoSports Foundation decided to induct Sumit in their Para Champions Programme in 2019 to support his financial needs and motivate him.After his performance in Dubai, Sumit was qualified for the 2020 Summer Paralympics. Sumit made history during the games when he broke his personal record and the world record thrice in a single game. He threw the javelin at a distance of 68.55 m in his fifth throw and set up a new world record. Sumit Antil posing with the scoreboard.Sumit Antil also competed in the able-bodied Indian Grand Prix series in Patiala, and he finished seventh with the best throw of 66.43 m. He competed against the Indian olympian Neeraj Chopra.While Sumit was preparing for the Paralympics, his coach Naval was confident that Sumit would bring back a gold medal in the game, and he did. During an interview, his coach said- I have never seen such a dedicated sportsperson. He is so determined. Im sure he will win gold at the Paralympics..During an interview with India Today, Sumit talked about how he had done better during training sessions and believed that this was not his best performance. In an interview, he said- It is a dream come true. I cant express my feelings right now. This is my first Paralympics and I was a little nervous because the competitors are great. I was hoping for a 70-metre-plus throw, maybe I can do 75m. It was not my best, I am very happy to break the world record.The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi also congratulated Sumit Antil for his achievement through a tweet on his Twitter account. He also called Sumit on his phone to wish him personally for winning the gold medal in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

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