London, July 16: The eighth edition of the World Para Athletics Championships in London gifted India news of success on the very first day. On the opening night of World Para Athletics athlete, Sundar Gurjar bagged the gold medal in the javelin throw. The athlete rose like a phoenix as he was was not allowed to compete at Rio as he turned up late for his event. In the F46 category, Sundar recorded his personal best effort of 60.36m.
“I am happy, of course, although I was not at my best because I have had an injury to my calf. But my best throw was incredible, a personal best,” Sundar Gurjar told. “I wasn’t worried about the defending champion (China’s Guo Chunlliang) because I knew all I had to do was my best and not think about the competition. If he had thrown better I would have gone a lot further as well. The atmosphere was incredible and in this stadium I expect India to win many more medals now.”, he added.
Celebrities, players across India congratulated him. Ravindra Jadeja, Virender Sehwag has posted a congratulatory message on Twitter. Union Minister of State for Culture & Tourism, Dr. Mahesh Sharma has said he has made Indians proud.
“I am thankful to God that I am back on track. The Rio episode put my career in jeopardy. I thought it was all over. But somehow, with the help of my family and coach Mahaveer Prasad, I was able to get back to training and gradually pick up the momentum. The medal at the World Championships was very important for me. Had I missed it, I would have gone mad,” said Gurjar.
Till 2015, he was competing in general category. But an accident at a friend’s place, which was under construction, changed the course of his life. But he did not stop there. Now after this success, he wants to focus on 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.