War hero scripts history for Sri Lanka...

August 31, 2021  

 

The 32-year-old Sri Lankan javelin thrower Dinesh Priyantha Herath made his best throw of 67.79m to set a new world record in the men’s F46 category and clinched the country’s maiden gold in Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on Monday (30 August). Herath, who severally injured his left arm during a military action against the LTTE took to Para sport in 2014. He still has the deep scars from three bullet wounds which are evident on his left arm. Herath stole the show from firm favourite India’s India’s Devendra Jhajharia, who settled for the silver with his best throw of 64.35. Jhajharia’s compatriot Sundar Singh Gurjar won the bronze medal in the same event with his best throw of 64.01.

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