Tejinder Pal Singh Toor creates history at Asian Games 208 after winning gold medal in the men’s shot-put event by breaking the both games record and national record in Jakarta.
Tejinder, who became the Asian leader since putting 20.24m in the Federation Cup at Patiala on March 6 went some better this time to smash the Games record with the best throw of 20.75m, which came in his 5th attempt.
The 23 year old shot putter, who was on eighth place with a throw of 19.42m in the Commonwealth Games 2018, was a clear favorite to win this event as Asian record (21.13m) holder Sultan Abdulmajeed Al-Hebshi of Saudi Arabia withdrew from the competition.
However, Al-Hebshi, is one of the many shot putters in the continent including our own Om Prakash Singh, has found it difficult to reach the 20-metre range in recent years.
Toor, began with a throw of 19.96m, which gave him a clear lead ahead of Liu Yang of China, his 5th attempt of 20 plus mark assured India, first gold medal of the athletics.
Gold medal went to India, followed by China’s Liu Yang, who secured the silver medal with a mark of 19.52m (SB) while bronze medal went to Kazakhstan’s Ivan Ivanov with 19.40m.
This is India’s seventh gold medal of this Asian Games, Jakarta and now India is well place at 9th place with 28 medals (6 Gold, 5 Silver, 17 Bronze).
In the women’s 400m sprint, World U-21 Champion, Hima Das smashed another nation record with the timings of 51.00s to secure a place in the next round.