Navdeep, Arvind Win Gold; Secure Quotas For Tokyo Paralympic Games

Dubai: India medal tally at the ongoing 12th Fazza International World Para Athletics Grand Prix here rose to 17 with two more from para-athletes Navdeep and Arvind.

Navdeep and Arvind also secured quotas for the upcoming Tokyo Paralympics.

The day was lit up by brilliant shows by Indian men’s javelin throwers – reigning world champion Sandeep Chaudhary (F44), Ajeet Singh (F46) and Navdeep (F41) – who were later joined by Pranav Prashant Desai with a yellow metal in men’s 200m F64.

However, world champion javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar (F46) had to settle for a bronze.

While Arvind attained the Minimum Qualification Standard with a distance of 14.05m in men’s shot put final F35/36 to book a place in the Tokyo Paralympics, Navdeep, whose first international event was the 2017 Asian Youth Para Games, produced a brilliant throw of 43.58m in his third attempt to take the gold in men’s javelin F41 event and secure a quote for the next Paralympic Games.

The third day of competitions also witnessed Italian teenager Ambra Sabatini setting a new world record on the way to a gold in the women’s final T62/ 63/ 64. She clocked 14.59 seconds.

India has claimed 17 medals including nine gold, with four of them coming on Friday.