Labourer’s son clinches gold in World Para Athletics Junior Championships
Aamit Kumar, who is a labourer’s son from Mandi Gobindgarh in Punjab, clocked 23.23 seconds to top the podium in a collective category of T-42 to T-47 - disability in one hand - 200m sprintUpdated: Aug 04, 2017, 23:33 IST
Aamit Kumar clinched gold medal in 200m sprint at the junior world para-athletics championship held at Nottwil, Switzerland, on Thursday.
The 18-year-old, who is a labourer’s son from Mandi Gobindgarh in Punjab, clocked 23.23 seconds to top the podium in a collective category of T-42 to T-47 --- disability in one hand.
“I owe this medal to my father who works as a labourer in a godown. His hard work alone sustains us, the family of five,” says an elated Aamit while talking to HT.
Aamit was three when he fell from the roof of his house and got multiple fractures in his right arm. Since proper medical facility was inaccessible, he suffered permanent disability in his arm.
Later, athletics coach Dalbir Singh introduced him to the world of sports.
“Initially I used to compete in general category since I had no idea about para-sports. I won medals at school level (in Punjab) and also got a chance to compete in the school nationals and rural nationals. In 2015, Dalbir sir came to know about the separate competitions for disabled athletes and since then I have competed in two para-nationals and won medals in senior category,” says Aamit.
In the beginning of 2017, Aamit got a chance to make his international debut at the World Grand Prix in China. He won silver in 200m. As the Grand Prix was an invitational event, Aamit had to bear the travelling cost.
“It was impossible for me to fund the China trip. I was able to go to China due to the efforts of my coach Dalbir Singh. He arranged for funds.”
However, the government is taking care of the expenses at this junior world championship, says Aamit, who got 61% in Class XII boards.
Marginal farmer’s daughter wins silver
Odisha’s Jayanti Behara, whose father is a landless farmer and works on others’ fields, clinched silver medal in 200m race in a collective category of T-42 to T-47. Jayanti competed in the senior world championship last month, finishing sixth.
As a one-year-old, Jayanti suffered burns when her hand got engulfed in fire while her mother was cooking.
“I am thankful to my father, who, despite meagre means, supported my career and encouraged me do well for the country,” says the 18-year-old Jayanti, who hails from Puri.