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India beats their own record as Sachin Khilari defends her gold at the World Para Athletics Championship.

India exceeded its best-ever result in the international competition here on Wednesday as Sachin Sarjerao Khilari of India defended his gold medal in the men’s shot put F46 category with an Asian record at the World Para Athletics Championship.

India now has 11 medals, five of which are gold. In the 2023 edition in Paris, they surpassed their previous best total of 10 (3 gold, 4 silver, and 3 bronze).

By tossing the iron ball 16.30 meters, Sachin surpassed his personal Asian mark of 16.21 meters, which he had established in the World Para Athletics Championship in Paris the previous year.

In para athletics competitions, individuals with either absent limbs or one or both arms with substantially impaired mobility are classified as the F46 category. These athletes must transfer their leg and hip strength into the throw.

Sachin, a resident of Karagani village in Sangli district, Maharashtra, was disabled in his left hand due to an accident he had while attending school.

The gangrenous condition caused the stocky 34-year-old to lose his elbow muscles, and even after many operations, his arm never fully healed.

India increased their total to 10 medals on Tuesday with a lucrative five-medal haul (4 gold, 4 silver, and 2 bronze). At the moment, China is first in the medal standings, followed by Brazil.

The gold-medalist thrower from Hangzhou stated he was sure he would place first on the podium.

“I’m thrilled since I was anticipating the gold here. From Kobe, Sachin said, “I have also qualified for the Olympics in Paris and aim to win gold there as well.

With three days remaining, India has a chance to win gold and many other medals, and head coach Satyanarayan expressed optimism.

“We hope to reach the 17-medal mark and anticipate winning two more gold medals,” said Satyanarayan.

India advanced to third place at the World Para Athletics Championships here thanks to the successful defense of the F64 javelin throw world title by reigning Paralympic champion Sumit Antil, as well as gold medals from Thangavelu Mariyappan and Ekta Bhyan in their respective races.

Antil, the gold medallist from the 2023 World Para Athletics Championships and the Tokyo Paralympics, launched his spear 69.50 meters to the top of the podium.

Thus, the 25-year-old athlete from Haryana maintained his dominance in the F64 javelin competition throughout the world. Because of his incredible 73.29-meter throw, which he made to win the gold in the Para Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, last year, he now holds the world record as well.

In addition, he has the record for the World Para Athletics Championships, which he set in Paris in 2023 when he won the gold. That record stands at 70.83 meters.

Sandeep, a fellow countryman, threw 60.41 meters to win the bronze medal in the same event. Dulan Kodithuwakku of Sri Lanka won silver with a 66.49-meter throw.

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