Asian Games: Tajinderpal Singh Toor takes gold in men’s shot put with distance of 20.36m

Tajinderpal Singh Toor’s gold medal at the Asian Games was sealed in the final attempt only.

tajinderpal singh toor asian games men's shot put

India’s Tajinderpal Singh Toor took home the gold medal in men’s shot put at the Asian Games on Sunday. This was India’s second gold in athletics at the ongoing event after Avinash Sable’s gold in the men’s 3000m steeplechase. It was a close competition for Toor who managed to secure the top prize with a best throw of 20.36m, which came in his last attempt.

Tajinderpal Singh Toor started the competition with two fouls and 19.51m in the third. From that time, he was in the silver medal position for a long time, after Saudi Arabia’s Mohamed Daouda Tolo led with a best throw of 19.93m. The latter tried to better his score with a 20.18m throw but was unable to topple the Indian. With this, he was able to defend his 2018 title, which he had won with a throw of 20.75m, which also happens to be the Asian Games record.

Interestingly, Toor is the only Indian who holds the Asian record in individual events. He has a personal best at 21.77m which he set earlier this year. Also, he is the fourth Indian now to successfully defend his shot put title after Parduman Singh Brar, Joginder Singh, and Bahadur Singh Chouhan.


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