Sumit Antil: After Neeraj bhaiya’s win, I had to leave a golden mark in javelin
Para athlete Sumit Antil recently scripted history when he won the first gold for India in men’s F64 javelin throw with 73.29m at the recently concluded Asian Para Games 2023, in Hangzou (China). Now back home in India, the 25-year-old alumnus of Delhi University’s Ramjas College says, “Neeraj bhaiya’s victory made me feel ‘I have to leave a golden mark of my own’… Full credit for the Games Asia We had 107 but at the Para Games we won 111 medals and we can’t be prouder!”
The Indian contingent at the Para Games broke its own previous world record of 70.83m, which it did at the World Para Athletics Championships in Paris, held in July this year. He says, “Even after India won 107 medals at the Asian Games, I personally did not feel any pressure. But, I wanted to win gold for myself and my country, and I am happy that I could see our Tiranga from the podium… Indian athletes cannot be proud of today because Our team both crossed the 100 mark! Seeing India’s name in the top three countries at the Para Games made us all happy and pumped our blood to do more and better next time. This is what we are aiming for in the 2024 Paralympics as well.”
For now, this DU graduate remembers his #CampusKeDin at Delhi University, where all his coaches went out of their way to support him and helped build him a strong foundation. Antiil says, “My coach from my Ramjas days was the first to call and congratulate me when I won at the event recently. In fact, he follows my events and calls up to check on my progress. I feel blessed to have such teachers who have put me in a routine and are a constant source of motivation, helping me achieve my goals and set new records.”
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