Jakarta: Tejinderpal Singh Toor won the men’s shot put gold with a record-shattering throw to open India’s medal account in athletics in the Asian Games here today.
The 23-year-old threw the iron ball to 20.75m to win the gold. He also set a national record. He bettered the six-year-old record of 20.69m in the name of Om Prakash Karhana. Toor’s effort was also an Asian Games record.
His earlier personal best was 20.24m which he came up with last year.
The Punjab shot-putter cleared 19.96m in his first and fourth attempts before coming up with a huge throw of 20.75m in his fifth and penultimate throw.China’s Liu Yang took the silver with a best throw of 19.52m while Ivan Ivanov of Kazakhstan won the bronze.
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