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Chopra, Antil and Bhagat conferred Padma Shri by President Kovind

New Delhi: Reigning Olympic javelin champion Neeraj Chopra, and Paralympics champions Sumit Antil and Pramod Bhagat have been honoured with the Padma Shri.

They received the country’s fourth-highest civilian award from President Ram Nath Kovind in the Civil Investiture Ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday.

Chopra had won the gold in men’s javelin at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with a throw of 87.58m last year. He made history by becoming the first Indian track and field athlete to win a gold medal in the history of the Olympics. He also became only the second Indian, after shooter Abhinav Bindra, to win an individual Olympic gold.

Antil clinched a gold in the F64 Men’s javelin throw at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. He hurled the javelin a distance of 68.55m, shattering the world record multiple times in his category.

In his first attempt, he threw 66.95 m to beat his personal best of 62.88 m and the current world record. His second throw of 68.08 m set a world record for this category. His next two attempts of 65.27 m and 66.71 m broke the world record he set at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai. He saved the best for last, throwing 68.55 m to break his record again. 

World No. 1 para shuttler Pramod Bhagat bagged gold in the Men’s Singles SL3 event. The 33-year-old Bhagat, who contracted polio at the age of four, was also the first Indian to win a gold in para badminton, which made its debut at the Paralympics last year.

The Padma awards are conferred in three categories – Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri and given in various disciplines such as art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, and so on.

This year, a total of 128 Padma awards were conferred in a two-part ceremony. the Padma Vibhushan is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; the Padma Bhushan for distinguished service of high order; and the Padma Shri for distinguished service in any field.

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