JAKARTA: Javelin thrower Sandeep Chaudhary clinched India's first gold medal at the ongoing Asian Para Games, finishing on top in the men's F42-44/61-64 category here on Monday.
Sandeep claimed the top honours with a best throw of 60.01m, which he managed in his third attempt.
"It's a great feeling as this is my first medal with a world record in a major tournament. I had prepared a lot this time and the credit for it goes to my coach. The federation also helped me a lot and I also trained abroad, as a result of which I have won this medal," Sandeep said.
"After a bit of rest, I will gear up for the World Championships next year and the next target would be Tokyo. I would like to thank all for the support and I am delighted that I have been able to live up to their expectations." He added
The silver medal went to Sri Lanka's Chaminda Sampath Hetti, who cleared 59.32m in his best effort, while Iran's Omidi Ali settled for the bronze with 58.97m.
Chaudhary's disability falls in the F42-44/61-64 category, which relates to limb deficiency, leg length difference, impaired muscle power or impaired range of movement. The athletes in this category compete without a prosthesis.
On Sunday, India won two silver and three bronze medals at the Games. In the 49kg men's powerlifting event, Farman Basha claimed the silver and Paramjeet Kumar won the bronze.
Swimmer Devanshi Satijawon then picked up a silver in women's 100-metre butterfly in S-10 category and Suyash Jadhav clinched the bronze in the men's 200-metre individual medley in the SM-7 category.