Age: 26 Years
Height: 5’ 11”
Hometown: Moga, Punjab
Some Lesser Known Facts About Tajinderpal Singh Toor
- Tajinder Pal Singh Toor is an Indian shot putter and an Asian Games gold medalist. He is considered one of the best shot putters India has ever produced.
- His journey started from a small town in Moga district, Punjab, where he grew up. Belonging to a farmer’s family, it was very difficult for his parents to fulfil all his needs. During his childhood, he wanted to be a cricketer. But life had something else stored for him. His father and uncle Gurnam Singh who himself is a former Indian shotput champion advised him to go for a shot put by looking at his strong physique.
- In June 2017, he competed at the Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championships in Patiala, where he recorded his personal best score of 20.40m but fell short of the Olympic qualification standard by 0.10m.
- In the following month, he bagged his maiden silver medal at the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneshwar with a throw of 19.77m. Unluckily, he missed the gold by 0.03m from Ali Samari (Iran). Around 560 athletes from 41 countries competed in this event.
- In Commonwealth Games that took place in the Carrara Stadium, Queensland in October 2018 saw Tajinder finish at the eighth position in the men’s shot put category finals with a throw of 19.42m. Before that, he finished at the tenth position during the qualifying stage. Tomas Walsh from New Zealand was the top scorer in the event with a throw of 21.41m.
- Before that, on 25 August 2018, he won the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games held in Jakarta, with a throw of 20.75m. He broke both national and international records.
- After winning the gold medal, he was on the way to his hometown. He was happy and was eagerly waiting to meet his family and put the gold medal on his father’s neck. When he was halfway through his journey, suddenly his phone rang and he received the news of his father’s demise. His father was battling with the fourth stage of Cancer.
- After a few years, when the COVID pandemic hit the entire nation, Tajinder had no option but to stay amid lockdown. He was in the National Institute of Sports, Patiala that time. A few months later, when the lockdown in Patiala was lifted, Toor fractured his wrist of throwing arm (left hand). Aghast with that injury, Toor went into depression. He kept asking his coach that whether he would qualify for Tokyo Olympics or not. But going thing was, despite suffering from depression, Toor never missed his gym session.
- He emerged strongly when he competed in the Indian Grand Prix-2 held in Patiala in February 2021. This was his first competition since the World Military Games in October 2019.
- In the same year in March, during the Federation Cup in Patiala, Toor made significant progress with the throw of 20.58m.
- In June 2021, he participated in the Indian Grand Prix-4, where he qualified for Tokyo Olympics after setting an Asian record of 21.49m while breaking his own national record of 20.92m, surpassing Saudi Arabia’s Sultan Abdulmajeed Al-Hebshi in 2009.
- Exactly, seven days later he threw 21.10m in the National Inter-state championship at the same venue in Patiala.