Sachin Khilari sets a new Asian Record in Shot Put at World Para Athletics Championships

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Sachin Khilari

In a remarkable display of strength and determination, Sachin Khilari, representing India, clinched the gold medal in the men’s shot put F46 category at the World Para Athletics Championships. His performance not only secured victory but also set a new Asian record in this prestigious global competition held in Kobe.

Sachin Khilari’s record-breaking feat

Sachin heaved the iron ball to an impressive distance of 16.30 meters. This remarkable throw surpassed his own previous Asian record of 16.21 meters, which he set during the World Para Athletics Championship in Paris last year.

His consistency and determination paid off, making him a force to be reckoned with in the shot put discipline. With this gold medal, India achieved its best-ever haul in the World Para Athletics Championship.

The country now boasts a total of 11 medals, including five golds. This surpasses India’s previous best tally of 10 medals (3 gold, 4 silver, and 3 bronze) achieved in the 2023 edition of the championship held in Paris.

Sachin expressed his confidence in securing the top podium spot. He stated, “I was expecting the gold here, and I am happy. I have also qualified for the Paris Olympics, and I hope to win gold there as well.”

His performance not only brings glory to India but also positions him as a strong contender for future international events. India’s overall performance in the championship has been commendable. Reigning Paralympics champion Sumit Antil defended his F64 javelin throw world title, while Thangavelu Mariyappan and Ekta Bhyan also secured gold medals in their respective events.

India’s medal tally has propelled the nation to third place in the overall standings, showcasing the remarkable talent and dedication of its para-athletes.

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