Published Nov 1, 2023 at 9:57 PM IST

Sumit Antil dedicates his medal to entire team

Sumit Antil, who hails from Sonepat, lost his left leg below the knee after he was involved in a motorbike accident in 2015 when he was 17. A graduate from Delhi's Ramjas College, Antil was an able-bodied wrestler before the accident. A para athlete in his village initiated him to javelin throw in 2018.

After winning medal at Asian Para Games, Antil spoke to Republic and said - 'I aimed to bring the gold medal but I wanted to enhance the performance. I'm happy to have bagged gold but I.hope to perform better next time. There's more distance to cover, want to go beyond breaking my own world record in the upcoming Kobe World championship. My entire team keeps me motivated. My coach & my physio, they never let us feel demotivated. This is not mine, this medal is of the team. I'm grateful for this team. Never give up. Never give up on your dreams is what I'd like to give a message for the aspiring athletes. This is going to motivate many junior athletes. This medal belongs to the team, not just me. My mother & my team are to be credited. I want my world record to be broken by an Indian only, don't want any outsider to do so.'

Published November 1st, 2023 at 21:57 IST

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