Sachin Khilari defends gold at World Para Athletics, India surpasses best-ever tally

Sachin heaved the iron ball to a distance of 16.30 metres, bettering his own Asian record of 16.21 metres set last year

Updated - May 22, 2024 10:40 am IST

Published - May 22, 2024 10:10 am IST - Kobe

Gold medalist Sachin Sarjerao Khilari of India celebrates after competing in the Men’s Shot Put F46 final during day six of the World Para Athletics Championships Kobe at Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium on May 22, 2024, in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan.

Gold medalist Sachin Sarjerao Khilari of India celebrates after competing in the Men’s Shot Put F46 final during day six of the World Para Athletics Championships Kobe at Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium on May 22, 2024, in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

India's Sachin Sarjerao Khilari defended his gold medal in the men's shot put F46 category with an Asian record at the World Para Athletics Championship as the country surpassed its best-ever haul in the global competition here on May 22.

India, now have 11 medals, five of them gold. They bettered their previous best tally of 10 (3 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze) in the 2023 edition in Paris.

Sachin heaved the iron ball to a distance of 16.30 metres, bettering his own Asian record of 16.21 metres set during the World Para Athletics Championship in Paris last year.

On May 21, India had reaped a rich haul of five medals to swell its tally to 10 (4 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze). China is currently leading the medals tally followed by Brazil.

The Hangzhou Asian Games gold-medallist thrower told PTI that he was confident of taking the top podium spot.

"I was expecting the gold here and I am happy. I have also qualified for the Paris Olympics and hope to win gold there also," Sachin said from Kobe.

With three more days still to go, India are in with a chance of winning a few more medals including gold and head coach Satyanarayan said he was quite optimistic.

"We are expecting two more gold medals and hoping to touch the 17-medal mark," said Satyanarayan.

On May 21, Reigning Paralympics champion Sumit Antil defended his F64 javelin throw world title, while Thangavelu Mariyappan and Ekta Bhyan also grabbed gold medals in their respective events as India jumped to third place in the World Para Athletics Championships here.

Antil, who had won gold medals in the Tokyo Paralympics and 2023 World Para Athletics Championships, sent his spear to a distance of 69.50m to stand on top of the podium.

The 25-year-old Haryana athlete thus continued his global domination in the F64 javelin event. He is the current world record holder also, courtesy his massive 73.29m throw while winning gold in the Para Asian Games in Hangzhou, China last year.

He also holds the World Para Athletics Championships record of 70.83m which he had produced while winning the gold in the last edition in Paris in 2023.

Compatriot Sandeep won the bronze medal in the same event with a throw of 60.41m. Sri Lanka's Dulan Kodithuwakku took the silver with a throw of 66.49m.

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