Putting on a stunning display India ‘s Tejinderpal Singh Toor shattered the Games record in men’s shot put. It also opened India’s medal account in athletics in the Asian Games, in Jakarta.
The 23-year-old Toor sent the iron ball to a national record distance of 20.75m to win his maiden Asian Games medal on the opening day of the athletics competition.
He bettered the earlier national record of 20.69m set by Om Prakash Karhana in 2012.
Toor was the favourite to win the gold as he had entered the event as season leader (20.24m). The winning throw came in the fifth attempt though he was leading the field with his first throw of 19.96m.
China’s Liu Yang won the silver with season best effort of 19.52m, ahead of Kazakshtan’s Ivan Ivanov (19.40m).
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Union Minister of state I/C Youth Affairs and Sports lauded Tejinder Singh’s feat in a tweet
A RECORD BREAKING GOLDEN THROW!
Champion Tejinderpal Singh Toor has won a GOLD medal in Shot Put at #AsianGames2018.
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 25, 2018