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Sandeep

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Leg length difference
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F44

Further personal information

Residence
Delhi, IND
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Hindi
Higher education
Botany - Hansraj College: New Delhi, IND

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2015 in India.
Training Regime
He trains at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, India.

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
India
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Dubai, UAE

General interest

Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, Indian politician Giriraj Singh. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I always use my personal javelin and wear my favourite blue jersey and grey pants during competitions. I feel so much more comfortable and positive performing with them." (paralympic.org, 24 Oct 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The result of hard work is always beautiful." (paralympic.org, 24 Oct 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2020 he received the Arjuna Award from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India. (thedailyguardian.com, 24 Aug 2020)

He was named Athlete of the Year at the 2019 GoSports Foundation Sports Awards in India. (Instagram profile, 15 Dec 2019)

He received the Differently Abled Sportsman of the Year award for 2019 at the Indian Sports Honours. (insidesport.co, 11 Oct 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (firstpost.com, 09 Nov 2019)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of a broken hip he sustained in a car accident at age 12. (paralympic.org, 24 Oct 2018; sports.ndtv.com, 10 Sep 2016)
Other information
PARALYMPIC MOTIVATION
After winning gold and setting a world record at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia, he revealed he had used the disappointment of finishing fourth in the F44 javelin at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as the catalyst to continue improving. "I missed out on a medal [in Rio de Janeiro] by a slender margin. And it kept haunting me for a long time. When I returned to India from the Games I realised there is no difference between fourth and 40th place. I took the failure as motivation and worked harder." The following year he went on to win gold with another world record throw at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (paralympic.org, 24 Oct 2018, 13 Feb 2021)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied for a degree in physical education at GHG Khalsa College in Ludhiana, India. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 04 Jul 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F44 Final Round 2016-09-09 4
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F44 Final 1 2017-07-18 5