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Sundar Singh Gurjar

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F46

Further personal information

Residence
Jaipur, IND
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Hindi

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began throwing the javelin in 2012. He took up Para athletics in 2015 after recovering from his accident.
Why this sport?
He initially followed his father and brother into wrestling, and was later spotted by a coach at a wrestling competition who encouraged him to take up athletics. Following his accident he was introduced to Para athletics by RD Singh, who ran a training centre in Hanumangarh, India. "I thought it was the end of my sporting career. Then I met RD Singh and within a month I was back training."
Name of coach
Mahaveer Prasad Saini
Training Regime
He trains at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, India.

General interest

Nicknames
Harischandra (Facebook profile, 09 Oct 2019)
Injuries
He sustained a shoulder injury ahead of the 2019 World Championships but was still able to win gold at the tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Facebook profile, 03 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Dream big, work hard." (Facebook profile, 09 Oct 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was nominated for the Arjuna Award by the India government. (paralympicindia.org.in, 18 Aug 2019)

He was named the 2017 Differently Abled Athlete of the Year by ESPN India. (espn.in, 01 Jun 2018)

He was named Sportsman of the Championship at the 2016 National Championships in Gurgaon, India. (tribuneindia.com, 31 Mar 2016)
Other sports
He competed in able-bodied athletics at junior national level in India before his accident. (Hindustan Times, 30 Mar 2016)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (rediff.com, 30 Jul 2020; espn.in, 25 Mar 2020)
Impairment
He lost his left hand in 2015 after a metal sheet was dropped on him at his friends house. "His parents had been picking up the metal sheeting which they used to cover the cattle shed. We felt if old people could do it, surely we can. The misfortune was that when I was lifting up the sheet, someone else dropped another sheet." (espn.in, 01 Jun 2018)
Other information
RIO PARALYMPIC DISAPPOINTMENT
He was one of the favourites to win a medal in the F46 javelin throw at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but was disqualified from the event for failing to register on time. He claims that when he was warming up he did not understand when his name was called to attend the registration desk. By the time he arrived at registration, it was too late and he was disqualified from the event. "A little miscommunication resulted in something so life-changing. I was never told about a fixed time, and I couldn't understand when my name was announced. The world knows that I was the best javelin thrower and had been the best in my category for the last few months. I don't understand English nor can I read or speak the language. That disqualification broke me mentally. A long period of depression followed, I did nothing for a good six months. I didn't want to touch javelin again. But my coach Mahabir Prasad Saini took me for counselling and arranged sessions with motivational speakers. The rest is history." (espn.co.uk, 26 Mar 2017; sports.ndtv.com, 14 Sep 2016; zeenews.india.com, 16 Sep 2016; paralympic.org, 26 Sep 2020; espn.co.uk, 25 Mar 2020)

TRAINING DURING PANDEMIC
While most athletes were forced to train at home during the COVID-19 pandemic he remained at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, India and even lived at the stadium's in-built hostel for four months so he could keep training. "I want to be at Tokyo in the best of shape. I didn't want to sit at home and wait for things to happen. So, I made a request to our [state sports] minister and he allowed me to use the hostel." (paralympic.org, 26 Sep 2020; rediff.com, 30 Jul 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F46 Final Round 2016-09-13 9999
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F46 Final 1 2017-07-14 1
Men's Shot Put F46 Final 1 2017-07-18 11
Men's Discus Throw F46 Final 1 2017-07-23 8