Even after clinching a gold medal in the recently concluded 2018 Asian Games shot putter Tejinder Pal Singh Toor failed to fulfill his ailing father's last wish, which was to hold his son's gold medal that he won for the country.
Toor's father Karam Singh, who was battling cancer for two years, passed away before the gold medallist could reach his home in Moga, Punjab.
Toor clinched the men's shot put gold with a record-shattering throw to open India's medal account in athletics.
The 23-year-old threw the iron ball to 20.75m to win the gold and set a national record as well. He bettered the six-year-old record of 20.69m in the name of Om Prakash Karhana.
Toor's effort was also an Asian Games record.
Toor lived up to the billing of being the strongest contender as he was the season leader among the Asian athletes in this event. His earlier personal best was 20.24m which he came up with last year.
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.
(With PTI inputs)