At the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, Dinesh Priyantha Herath of Sri Lanka set a new world record in the Men’s Javelin Throw – F46 – event.
Dinesh Priyantha won the gold medal in the Men’s Javelin Throw F46 Final, setting a new world record with a throw of 67.79 meters.
He is the first Sri Lankan to earn a gold medal in a Paralympic event.
Devendra Jhajharia of India took silver in the event with a throw of 64.35 meters, while Sundar Singh Gurjar of India took bronze with a throw of 64.01 meters in the Men’s Javelin Throw F46 Final.
Dinesh Priyantha of Sri Lanka broke India’s Devendra Jhajharia’s previous world record of 63.97 meters established at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio.
Dinesh Priyantha, the flag bearer and captain of Sri Lanka’s nine-member team for the 2020 Summer Paralympics, finished third in the men’s javelin throw F46 final at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio.
In the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships, he took silver in the javelin event. He is the first Sri Lankan to win a World Para Athletics Championships silver medal.
He won gold in the men’s F46 javelin throw event at the 2018 Asian Para Games, setting a new Asian Para Games record of 61.84 meters.
At the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships, he also won silver in the men’s 46 category, clearing a distance of 60.59 meters.
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