The 23-year-old Tajinderpal Singh Toor clinched the men’s shot put gold with a record-shattering throw to open India’s medal account in athletics in the Asian Games on August 25th. The Punjab shot-putter cleared 19.96m in his first and fourth attempts before coming up with a huge throw of 20.75m in his fifth and penultimate throw.
But It was just a matter of few hours for him, shot putter Tajinder Pal Singh Toor missed the mark and the moment for which he had waited for so many years.
He wanted to meet his ailing father and fulfil his wish of holding the gold medal earned by his son for the country. However, Toor’s father Karam Singh passed away right before his son would have made it to him.
He knew that his father’s health was deteriorating fast and so immediately left by road for Moga from Delhi, but barely a few kilometres away from his hometown, he got the dreaded news.
He couldn’t fulfil his father’s last wish which was to hold the gold medal which his son had won for the country.