Sundar Singh Gurjar

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Hindaun Village, District Karauli, Rajasthan

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Sundar Singh Gurjar is an Indian Paralympic athlete in Javelin Throw, Shot Put, and Discus Throw category. He competes in the F46 events. F46 events consist of disabled athletes having a single below or above the arm deficiency, impaired muscle power or passive movement of arms.He is widely known as the world record holder of 68.42m scores at the 16th Paralympic National Championship held at Tau Devi Lal stadium in Panchkula (Haryana) on 26 March 2016. Unfortunately, that record throw was not ratified as the event was not recognised by the World body. His major achievement was the Bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.He started playing Javelin Throw in 2012, before his accident which happened three years later. He wasnt much into studies and was often seen bunking his classes. He even urged his PT sir that he wants to join sports. The PT sir then advised him to give the sports trial. After getting selected in the trials, he went to Jaipur and started living in a sports hostel.

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Sundar Singh Gurjar is an Indian Paralympic athlete in Javelin Throw, Shot Put, and Discus Throw category. He competes in the F46 events. F46 events consist of disabled athletes having a single below or above the arm deficiency, impaired muscle power or passive movement of arms.He is widely known as the world record holder of 68.42m scores at the 16th Paralympic National Championship held at Tau Devi Lal stadium in Panchkula (Haryana) on 26 March 2016. Unfortunately, that record throw was not ratified as the event was not recognised by the World body. His major achievement was the Bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.He started playing Javelin Throw in 2012, before his accident which happened three years later. He wasnt much into studies and was often seen bunking his classes. He even urged his PT sir that he wants to join sports. The PT sir then advised him to give the sports trial. After getting selected in the trials, he went to Jaipur and started living in a sports hostel.But as his father and elder brother were into the wrestling, so he followed their footsteps. One day, he was spotted in a wrestling competition by his coach who encouraged him to take up athletics. From there on, he started playing at the junior level. Sundar Singh with his coach.In 2015, he went through an accident when a heavy metal sheet fell on him at his friends house while he was working on it, which resulted in permanent loss of his left hand. But as there is a saying that A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. Sundar Singh competing with his impaired left hand Sundar Singh Gurjar is one of them. He went to a training centre in Hanumangarh, Rajasthan following his recovery from the accident, where he was introduced to Mr RD Singh, the director of that institute. And soon he started practising Para Sports. He then competed in many Junior national events and became successful.In March 2016, he competed in the 8th Fazza IPC Athletics Grand Prix held in Dubai where he recorded 59.36m scores along with his teammate Rishi Kant Sharma (F12) in the javelin throw competition. There were a total of 24 Indian contingents whose entry was refused by the IPC Para Athletics officials as the Sports Authority of India (SAI) failed to forward their entries on time. Only 11 contingents could compete and the rest were returned home despite spending 80000 INR (1100 dollars) from their own pocket. Sundar Singh Gurjar after winning the medal at the Dubai Grand Prix 2016.Sundar Singh made an A grade qualification mark for the 2016 Rio Paralympics along with Virendra Singh (discus and shot put). The rule for direct entry into the 2016 Rio Paralympics was that the Paralympian should remain in the top-5 rank until 30 April 2016. While the remaining entry will be decided on the basis of Athletics who have earned A and B qualification marks. Dronacharya Awardee RD Singh who ran the paralympic training centre in Rajasthan praised Sundar Singh by saying that If all goes well, you will see Sunder winning an Olympic medal. His throw was excellent and he can easily add a couple of metres by the time of Rio. Till November last, Sunder was competing in the general category and won a junior national gold. But he lost his left hand in an accident..In July 2017, during the eighth edition of the World Para Athletics Championships, Sundar Singh won the gold medal for the country with his personal best score of 60.36m until then in the Javelin throw event. With that, he also became the second Indian after Devendra Jhajharia to win the gold in the World Para-athletics Championships. This event was held at the iconic London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the same venue where the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics games took place.In October 2018, at the third edition of the Para Asian Games in Jakarta (Indonesia), he won the silver medal with a score of 61.33m more than his counterpart bronze medalist Rinku Hooda who got a 60.92m score in the Javelin throw. Sundar Singh also won a bronze medal in the discus throw category with a score of 47.10m. A total of 302 members from India took part in this event. Rio Paralympic gold medalist Mariyappan Thangavelu was the flag-bearer from the Indian side. Sundar Singh Gurjar at the ceremony for the Asian Games 2018.Sundar Singh then suffered from a shoulder injury during training which forced him to stay in the backseat for quite a few months. But that didnt impact his momentum when in 2019, he defended his World Para Athletics Championships title in the mens F46 javelin throw event. He came up with the seasons best score of 61.22m to bring home the Gold medal for the country surpassing Sri Lankas Dinesh P Herath Mudiyanselage. He also secured a berth in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games quota along with his teammate the bronze medalist Ajeet Singh and Rinku Hooda. In an interview with PCI, he told that, I am very happy. It was a relief. I came into this Championships with no training for the last one month. I got the injury in my training and so had to tap my shoulder today. When I was training, I felt the pain. But I was lucky at the finals, I didnt feel it. I felt my body was well-rested. It was a blessing in disguise. In my last attempt, I knew that I got it there. But never realized that it will be my season-best. It was a good leap. This will motivate me to go for a medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. With that, he also became the second Indian after Devendra Jhajharia to win two World Championships medals in the Para-sport category. Devendra Jhajharia before won gold and silver medals in the 2013 Lyon and 2015 Doha Championship events.

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