Amit Saroha secured India's second medal at the 2017 IPC World Para Athletics Championships in London today. Amit who finished in 4th place at Rio last year, bettered his result this time around and in the process also set a new Asian Record with a personal best throw of 30.25m.
Amit Saroha won a Silver medal in Club Throw on Day 4 of the 2017 IPC World Para Athletics Championships in London. Amit put in a tough fight with Serbia's Dimitrijevic Zeljko who set the World Record in his second attempt with a throw of 31.99m and clinched the Gold medal. Fellow GoSports athlete Dharambir also participated in this event and finished in the 10th place with the best attempt of 22.34m.
Speaking after his event, having successfully defended his title from the 2015 edition, Amit said, "After narrowly missing out in Rio 2016, I feel it was that urge to make good on that unfulfilled ambition. I am very glad that I have gained on what I missed out in Rio. While I broke the World record as it stood before our event, Dimitrijevic's throw went one better and set the new World record. I would like to thank the Sports Authority of India, the Paralympic Committee of India and the GoSports Foundation for all their support. None of this would have been possible without them. I would also like to dedicate this medal to the brave Indian soldiers who are at the borders of our country protecting us."
Amit, who is supported by the GoSports Foundation as part of the Para Champions Programme is an Arjuna Awardee who has groomed and inspired the likes of Javelin thrower Rinku, Club & Discus thrower Dharambir, Club thrower Ekta Bhyan and High jumper Rampal Chahar, who are all part of the current Indian contigent in London. Amit's mentoring has led these athletes to several medals at the international stage.