Amit Kumar Saroha wins India's second medal, heartbreak for young Vinay Kumar

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Luglio 18, 2017

The fourth day of the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships brought Indian fans some much needed cheer, as Amit Kumar Saroha bagged a silver medal in the men's club throw F51 event. He ended on 10th with the best throw of 22.34m.

The 2016 Rio Paralympic gold medallist recorded 7.37 metres, 0.02 metres more than his previous championship record at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. The president of the Royal Moroccan Sports Federation for Handicapped People, Hamid El Aouni, is accompanying the Moroccan participants, who are competing in events including the javelin, high jump and 100m. The 32-year-old also set the Asian record with a throw of 30.25m and finished 1.74m behind eventual world champion Zeljko Dimitrijevic of Serbia, who set a world record with a throw of 31.99m. Lone Indian representative in the event, Amit Kumar finished in fifth place.

Saroha, the first quadriplegic to represent India at a Paralympic Games (London 2012), will also take part in the men's discus throw F52 final July 18. The 25-year-old registered a jump of 13.38m. She bettered Asia's record by 14 centimeters as well. Aloui scored silver with a time of 14:21.69, while Canadian Guillaume Ouellet won bronze with a time of 14:23.24.

This is India's second medal in the event after Sundar Singh Gurjar had won gold in the men's javelin throw F46 on Friday.

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