Kolkata: India’s Amit Kumar Saroha earned a silver in the men’s club throw F51 competition in World Para Athletics Championships on Monday. In his third attempt, Saroha achieved a best throw of 30.25m which got him the silver medal.
In the process, the 32-year-old para-athlete scripted history as he set a new Asian record in the tournament. Dharambir, another Indian in this event ended tenth with a throw of 22.34 m. The gold medal was won by Zeljko Dimitrijevic of Serbia, who successfully defended his title after getting achieved a world record throw of 31.99 m.
In the last edition of the biennial championships in Doha, which was in 2015, Saroha had won the silver in this event. Also, he has a gold to his name in the 2014 Incheon Asian Para Games.
In the London 2012 Olympics, Saroha, who is an Arjuna awardee became the first Indian paralepgic, to represent the country and he is also set to play the men’s discus throw F52 final on Tuesday.
On July 14, Sundar Singh Gurjar had won the gold medal for winning the men’s javelin throw F46.