Sumit, who had received a silver medal in the 2019 World Championships in Dubai to e book a ticket to Tokyo, interacted with Neeraj after the occasion and the Tokyo Olympic gold medallist gave him a pep discuss.
Recalling that dialog throughout the Indian GP in Patiala, Sumit stated Neeraj’s phrases impressed him.
“Thank you to him (Neeraj) for inspiring me. I still remember those encouraging words. Neeraj said you have the ability to do well and he was confident that I will win a medal in Tokyo. He said bhai tu pakka medal leke ayega, dekh lio (Brother, you will surely win a medal),” Sumit informed TimesofIndia.com in an unique interview from Tokyo.
Congratulations to #SumitAntil in your on #ParalympicsTokyo2020 javelin gold and new WR of 68.55m.We are honoured… https://t.co/N1ki7wtADL
— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) 1630329329000
“He (Neeraj Chopra) has given me tips whenever I needed them. He was always there to help me. He is such a nice human being,” Sumit additional stated.
Sumit Antil and Neeraj Chopra
The 23-year-old Sumit on Tuesday clinched India’s second gold at the Tokyo Paralympics, shattering his personal males’s F64 class world file a number of occasions. His collection learn 66.95, 68.08, 65.27, 66.71, 68.55, and foul throw.
After his win, Neeraj took to Twitter and wished Sumit. “Khatarnaak performance Sumit Bhai (Incredible performance brother). Proud of you,” Neeraj tweeted.
ख़तरनाक efficiency भाई सुमित 👌💪 pleased with you 🇮🇳 https://t.co/CNUDDtPAc7
— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) 1630323889000
“I am happy that we both have gold medals now. I am eager to speak with him (Neeraj) after I get back to India,” Sumit additional informed TimesofIndia.com.
Sumit Antil (ANI Photo)
“I wanted to win a gold medal with a world record. And I did it. I won’t stop here. I have to go a long way. For now, I will be going home and will rest for 15 to 20 days. My elbow is overused and the doctors and physiotherapists have advised me to take proper rest. I want to take rest, feel refreshed and then hit the field again, full of energy. 2022 Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, and World Championships are my next targets”, the 23 12 months previous Sumit additional stated.
‘HAPPY WITH GOLD BUT DREAM WAS TO JOIN INDIAN ARMY’
In 2015, whereas Sumit was studying the nuances of changing into a wrestler in an akhara in Sonipat, the teen met with a street accident. He completed his coaching, took a shower, after which began his bike. What occurred subsequent, modified his life.
Sumit met with a street accident and his wrestling journey ended on a horrible observe. He was driving his bike and a tractor hit his bike from behind. He slipped on the street after which the tractor driver failed to apply the brakes on time and ran over his left leg.
Sumit Antil (ANI Photo)
His left leg was badly crushed and had to be amputated.
“If I had my left leg, I would have been a wrestler. I wanted to join the Indian Army through the sports quota. I rejected many government jobs because of this. But the accident shattered my dreams of joining the Indian Army,” Sumit additional informed TimesofIndia.com.
“But I didn’t give up. I wanted to do something in sports. I am thankful to my coach Naval Singh who helped me in those difficult times and whatever I am today, it is because of him,” an emotional Sumit added.
SUMIT’S THANK YOU NOTE TO GURU NAVAL
When Sumit Antil was leaving for the Tokyo Games, his maiden Paralympics look, his coach Naval Singh got here to the airport and wished him luck. After giving his scholar a hug, Naval took out a chunk of paper and gave it to Sumit. The paper had technical recommendation for Sumit.
“There were many technical things in that note. The top one was to stay focussed and not to look at what other javelin throwers are doing or how they are throwing. This one helped me a lot,” Sumit recalled.
Sumit Antil and coach Naval Singh (TOI Photo)
Naval is a proud coach now. His eyes have been moist the second his scholar clinched the gold.
“He (Sumit) sent me a voice note. The voice note says – Coach sir, thank you so much. I dedicate this gold to you. Thank you for trusting me and inspiring me,” Naval informed TimesofIndia.com.
“I told Timesofindia.com in my previous interview that Sumit would win the gold with a world record. And he did just that. I am his coach, I know my students inside out. Sumit has a fire in his belly. If he had his left leg, he would have crossed the 90m mark,” Naval signed off.