Sundar Singh Gurjar, one of the top three javelin throwers, overcame his shoulder injury and won India the second gold in World Para Athletics Championship. He gave a season-best performance and also defended his London Worlds 2017 title. After Devendra Jhajaria's gold and silver in 2013 Lyon and 2015 Doha Championships, Sundar became the second Indian to receive two World Championships medals. India now has two golds, one silver and one bronze in World Para Athletics Championships. Sundar, who was in second place till his fifth attempt, jumped to the first position as he hurled the javelin 61.22 meters away in his sixth attempt. Along with Sundar, Ajeet Singh managed to win bronze after hurling his javelin 59.46 meters. Rinku took fourth place with a distance of 57.59 meters. India now has four slots in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics; according to the rules of the International Paralympic Committee, the top four athletes each obtain one qualification spot. Gurjar claimed he was relieved and very happy as he went into the Championship without training for the past month due to his injury. He had gotten injured in training and felt the pain every time he trained but said that the pain was not present during the finals, and he felt that it was a blessing in disguise. He also said that this event and gaining season-best would encourage him in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Along with this, Yogesh Kathuniya won silver for India with the best throw at the distance of 42.05 meters in men's discus throw F56 event.
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