Sundar Singh Gurjar is an Indian Para-athlete in the Javelin Throw, Discus Throw, and Shot-Put categories. He came into the limelight when he won the bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics with a throw of 64.1 m in his 5th attempt. He is also the world record holder of 68.42m at the 16th Paralympic National Championship held at Tau Devi Lal stadium in Panchkula (Haryana) on 26th March 2016. Inopportunely, this throw was not sanctioned as this event was not identified by the World body.
In addition, he competes in the F46 category (Athletes suffering from the amputation above or below the elbow contest in this category). He is the most dedicated and extremely skilled para-athlete with a lean body which allows him to have extreme flexibility.
In terms of his history, in 2012, he took up wrestling seriously and urged his college sports coach to train him. Sundar took a shift from his village to Jaipur to train for his further wrestling career and lived in a sports hostel. While competing in a wrestling tournament, he was directed by one of the coaches to take a move from the sport to athletics. On the coach’s behalf, he began training for Javelin Throw in which his lean body played a foremost role in carrying him adequate flexibility.
At his career’s beginning phase, he played the sport in the general category and was fortunate in winning several state and district tournaments, but later in 2015, he faced a life-changing setback. His wrist was gouged severely which resulted in the exclusion of his wrist. The incident occurred, while Sundar along with one of his friends was functioning on a heavy-weight metal sheet, and accidentally it fell on his wrist.
After his incident, Sundar was demoralized and thought that his dream to win gold at the Olympics will not be fulfilled. Some months later, Sundar met Coach R.D. Singh who inspired and told him to aim for a career further in para-sports. He moved to Hanumangarh, Rajasthan to train under Coach R.D Singh for the Paralympics. His initial international recognition came at the 2017 Fazza IPC Athletics Prix winning three gold medals in several events.
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- Height: His height is 6’.
- Weight: His weight is not known yet.
- Eye Colour: He has brown eyes.
- Hair Colour: His hairs are naturally black.
- Birthplace: He was born in Hindaun Village, District Karauli, Rajasthan.
- Zodiac Sign: His zodiac sign is Capricorn.
- Age: He is 25 years old presently.
- Qualification: He was never an academic student from school and even bunked his college lectures.
Sundar belongs to the Hindu Gurjar family. His father is a farmer. But his father’s name is known yet. His mother’s name is Kalia Devi and she is a housewife.
Presently, we believe he is not involved in any controversy. If in the future, he will be, we will update this section with relevant information.
Sundar Singh Gurjar made his first appearance at the 2017 Fazza IPC Athletics Grand Prix which was held in Dubai 3 gold medals in different events. In the tournament, he accomplished gold medals in Javelin Throw in the F46 category, Discuss-Throw in T44-46, and Shot Put in the category of T44-46. In addition, at the 2017 World Para-Athletics Championships, he won the gold in the category of F46 of Javelin Throw with a throw of 60.36m.
This gold assisted him to become the 2nd Indian athlete to win the gold at the tournament. In the 2018 Asian Para Games held across Indonesia, he was prosperous to grasp a silver medal in the Javelin F46 category and bronze in the Discuss-Throw F46 category.
In the beginning month of 2019, he faced a severe shoulder injury which forced him to stay at home and rest to soon recover from the injury. Soon, Sundar copes with the injury and made his epic comeback at the 2019 World Para-Athletics Championships finalizing a gold medal for the country and scoring the season’s best throw of 61.22m.
Throughout the lockdown, he faced several issues like no training facility and no proper diet. But he soon managed to contact the state’s Sports minister and enable the athletes to practice at the stadium and live in the sports hostel. In 2021, Sundar was qualified to represent India at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
Source of Income
Sundar Singh Gurjar is one of India’s most successful Paralympic javelin throwers. His exact net worth is unavailable. Sundar Singh Gurjar’s estimated net worth ranges between $1 million and $5 million.
Lesser-Known Facts About Sundar Singh Gurjar
- He has been honored with different awards throughout his career, which involve the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2019 from the Government of India.
- He is also the recipient of the Sportsman of the game award at the 2016 National Championships in Gurgaon, India, and the Differently Abled Athlete of the Year in 2017 by ESPN India.
- Presently, he is functioning as the Assistant Conservator in the Forest Department.
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