At the Hangzhou Asian Games, India’s Tajinderpal Singh Toor showcased his exceptional prowess in men’s shot put by clinching the gold medal, marking India’s second track and field gold in the event. Toor achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the fourth Indian shot putter to successfully defend his Asian Games title, following in the footsteps of Parduman Singh Brar (1954 and 1958), Joginder Singh (1966 and 1970), and Bahadur Singh Chouhan (1978 and 1982). Here in this article you can know all about Tajinderpal Singh Toor and his Gold Medal.
Toor began with a colossal first throw that approached the 20-meter mark, but it was unfortunately deemed a no throw. His second attempt also met the same fate. It was in his third try that Toor managed his first legal throw, covering a distance of 19.51 meters. By this point, Saudi Arabia’s Mohamed Daouda Tolo led the field with a best throw of 19.93 meters.
In his fourth attempt, Toor unleashed a massive 20.06-meter throw, propelling himself into the gold medal position. However, Tolo quickly responded with a 20.18-meter throw to regain the lead. Although Toor had a default in his fifth throw, he saved his best for last, delivering a colossal 20.36-meter throw in his sixth and final attempt. Tolo couldn’t surpass Toor’s outstanding effort and settled for the silver medal.
At 28 years old, Toor was the favorite to defend the gold medal he secured in 2018. He holds the distinction of being India’s sole Asian record holder in individual events. However, his recurring concern has been his susceptibility to injuries over the past few years.