Virender Dhankar

  • Sport : Athletics - Shotput and Javelin (F-57)
  • Date of Birth : 13/1/1984
  • Hometown: Sonipat, Haryana
  • Current Training Base : Sports Authority of India, Sonipat
  • Nature of Disability : Amputation Right leg (by accident in 2004)

Sandeep's STORY

Sport was always in Virender’s blood. His father, apart from being a farmer, was also a wrestler, and inspired Virender to take up Kabaddi in his early days. An employee of the Indian Army, Virender lost his leg in a road accident and took to para sports soon after. He initially trained for powerlifting before moving to shot put and javelin throw, where his natural strength provided him with an extra edge over his sporting counterparts.

Virender is originally from a village on the outskirts of Sonipat but now resides in the town of Sonipat in a rented house, along with his wife, and two children - one son and a daughter. Inspired by their father, his daughter, yet to reach her teens, has already taken up the sport of shot put and his son, even younger, is keen on taking up Javelin.

Virender was being tracked by the GoSports Foundation prior to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, however owing to a sudden dip in performance, he was moved from the list of selection probables to watchlist for the future. His performances gradually improved post Rio 2016, meriting a call for interview for selection where he was subsequently chosen for support in June 2017.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Gold medals in the Discus and Shot Put event and a Silver medal in the Javelin throw event at the 18th National Para Athletics Championships, 2018
  • Finished 4th in Shotput and 5th in Javelin at the 2017 IPC World Para Athletics Championships
  • Finished 5th in Shotput and 9th in Javelin Throw at the 2016, Paralympic Games in Rio

Tentative Competition Schedule till 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio (7th- 18th September)

Competition Location Date Add Event
Berlin Open - 2016 IPC Athletics Grand Prix Berlin, Germany 13th to 17th July Add to my calendar
IPC Athletics World Grand Prix Final-2016 London, Great Britain 23rd to 24th July Add to my calendar