Para-athletes Navdeep and Arvind secured quotas for the upcoming Tokyo Paralympics as India’s trophy tally swelled to nine after the third day of competitions at the 12th Fazza International World Para Athletics Grand Prix here.
Overall, India has claimed 17 medals including nine gold, with four of them approaching Friday.
The day was lit up by brilliant shows by Indian men’s javelin throwers — reigning world champion Sandeep Chaudhary (F44), Ajeet Singh (F46) and Navdeep (F41) — who were later joined by Pranav Prashant Desai with a alpha-beta brass in men’s 200m F64.
However, world champion javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar (F46) had to accept a bronze.
Arvind attained the Minimum Qualification Standard with a distance of 14.05m in men’s field event final F35/36 to book an area within the Tokyo Paralympics. He finished fifth within the event.
Navdeep, whose first international event was the 2017 Asian Youth Para Games, produced an excellent throw of 43.58m in his third plan to take the gold in men’s javelin F41 event and secure a quote for subsequent Paralympic Games. UAE’s Anas Alhosani (6.96m) ended second.
“I felt confident with my throw today. My first throw wasn’t excellent , on the other hand i attempted to focus and got an honest throw. Sandeep bhaiya and Navdeep Sir are helping me with my technique at JN Stadium in New Delhi ,” said Navdeep.
“I am very happy to also secure a quota. i would like to win a medal at the Tokyo Paralympic now,” he added.
In F41 classification, athletes with short stature compete while the F35/36 is for those that are more affected within the legs than the arms, but can also have significant co-ordination impairment of the non-throwing arm.
In men’s javelin 38/F42/ F44/ 63/ 64, Chaudhary hurled the javelin to a distance of 61.22 metres to win gold, though it had been much but his record effort of 66.18m at the Dubai 2019 Worlds at an equivalent ground.
He was better than Columbia’s Luis Fernan Lucumi Villegas (54.95m), who set a replacement American record, and Chaminda Hetti Arachchige of Sri Lanka (56.34m).
“It’s a pleasant feeling to return to at least one of my favourite grounds. My body felt good to compete after an extended time. But i used to be hoping to urge my personal best today. Nevertheless, to open the season with over 61m distance isn’t bad,” Chaudhary said.