Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Highlights of India’s Best Ever Performance at the Games

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics are the 16th in a series of summer games events that began in 1960. Since Seoul 1988, the country bidding for the Olympics has also hosted the Paralympics. Like the Olympics, the Paralympics are a series of multi-sports events held every four years, in which international athletes with disabilities compete for medals. The disabilities include impaired muscle power, limb deficiency, and impaired passive range of movement.

India Send 54-Strong Contingent

India have sent a contingent of 54 athletes competing in nine events at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Paralympics that began on August 25 and is set to conclude on September 6.

Name of AthleteMedal CategoryEvent
Sumit AntilGoldMen’s Javelin F64(Set World Record with throw of 68.55 metres)
Avani LekharaGoldWomen’s R2 10m Air Rifle Standing (Equalled World Record)
Bhavina PatelSilverWomen’s TT Singles
Nishad KumarSilverMen’s High Jump T47
Devendra JhajhariaSilverMen’s Javelin Throw F46
Yogesh KathuniyaSilverMen’s Discus F56
Mariyapan ThangaveluSilverMen’s Hugh Jump T42
Sharad KumarBronzeMen’s Hugh Jump T42
Singhraj AdhanaBronzeMen’s P1 10 Metre Air Pistol SH1
Sundar Singh GujarBronzeMen’s Javelin Throw F46

Bhavina Patel, Nishad Kumar Win First Medals for India

On 29 August, day 5 of the event, Bhavina Patel put India on the medal map, winning a silver medal in the women’s table tennis singles class 4 event. Bhavina began her campaign with a victory over M Shackleton of Great Britain. In the next round Patel got the better of J de Oliveira of Brazil to reach the quarter final. Bhavina entered the semi-final of the event by beating B Peric Rankovic. In the semi-final, she prevailed over M Zhang of China to qualify for the title match where she lost to Y Zhou of China. Later, on the same day, Nishad Kumar won a silver in the men’s high jump T47 category.

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India Win 5 Medals on Best Day

On 30 August, day 6, India won five more medals. Avani Lekhara won the first gold medal for India in the women’s R2 10m air rifle standing SH1 category, equalling the world record in the process. Sunil Antil added another gold to India’s tally when he threw 68.55m in the men’s javelin F64 category, breaking his own world record. Yogesh Kathuniya won a third silver for India in the men’s discus throw F56 event. Devendra Jhajharia won silver in the men’s javelin throw F46 category, while Sundar Singh Gujar bagged a bronze in the same event.

M Thangavelu, Sharad Kumar Add High Jump Medals

On 31 August, day 7, Mariyapan Thangavelu won silver in the men’s high jump T42 category, while Sharad Kumar won bronze in the same event to add two more medals to India’s tally.

India Reach Highest Medal Tally with Six Days to Go

China lead the table with 132 medals including 62 gold, 38 silver and 32 bronze medals. India have so far won 10 medals, including 2 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals and are currently ranked 30th on the medal list. This has been India’s best performance at the games, coming close on the heels of Indian athlete’s best performance at the summer Olympics held earlier in Japan. With six more days left, there is surely more to come.

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