Athletics Current Affairs
Shot-putter Tejinder Pal Singh Toor (24) won Gold medal in men’s shot put final at 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian GamesAsian Games held in Indonesia. He finished first in men’s shot put final and set new record at 20.75 m in his fifth attempt. It was India’s first Gold medal in Athletics event in this edition of Asian Games.
Tejinder Pal Singh Toor
He hails from Punjab (Khosa Pando village in Moga district) and is son of farmer. He holds outdoor national record of 20.75m in shot put throw. He had won silver medal at 2017 Asian Athletics Championships held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha in shot put with throw of 19.77m, missing out on gold medal by 0.03 m. He had finished eighth infinal of 2018 Commonwealth Games with throw of 19.42m.
India’s Karamjyoti Dalal has won bronze medal at the World Para Athletics Championships 2017 in the discus-throw. In the women’s F55 category of discus-throw, she managed a throw of 19.02 m.
Earlier, Sundar Singh Gurjar had opened India’s account at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships by winning gold medal in the men’s javelin throw event. Later, Amit Saroha won silver medal in the club throw event in the F-51 category.
Karamjyoti Dala was originally a part of the national Kabaddi setup. But she had to give up the sport after she took a fall from her terrace, that resulted in her losing her motor sensations for a year. But she took up discus throw in 2014. Since then her performance has gone from being unranked in the top-10 in the world. Currently she is ranked World No.8. She had secured a fourth-place finish at the IPC Para-athletics championships in 2015. She had won two bronze medals at the 2014 Asian Games held in Beijing, China.
About World Para Athletics Championships
The World Para Athletics Championships are a biennial Paralympic athletics event organized by World Para Athletics, a subcommittee of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Prior to 2017, it was known as the IPC Athletics World Championships. It features athletics events contested by athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities. The first IPC Athletics World Championships were held in Berlin, Germany in 1994.