It will be fair to say that Paralympics 2020 is India’s most extraordinary Paralympics ever. From 1968 to 2016, India won 12 medals at Paralympics, at Tokyo India have already secured 15 members and counting. 30th august will go down as golden day in history of Indian para sports as India claimed 5 medals in a single day. Let’s have a look at India’s journey at Paralympics till now,
Bhavina Patel created history as she won silver medal in women’s single table tennis C4. She won medal in her maiden Paralympics on august 29. Chinese paddler Ying Zhou ended her impressive run at the games in class 4 final with 0-3 win.
India’s next medal came from men’s high jump T47. India’s Nishad kumar clinched a silver medal in the event with an Asian record effort. The 21 year old cleared 2.06 m to win the silver and set an Asian record. He lost his right hand due to an accident at the age of 8.
Shooter Avani Lekhra made history as she became the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympics as she won gold in women’s 10m air rifle shooting standing SH1. The 19 year old finished with a world record equaling total of 249.6, which is also a new Paralympic record. Also it was her maiden Paralympics.
India’s medal favorite, two time gold winning javelin throw veteran Devendra jhajharia didn’t disappointed and clinched a silver in men’s javelin throw F46. 40 year old Devendra already India’s greatest Paralympian pulled off a new personal best throw of 64.35 m for silver. Sundar Singh Gurjar, another Indian secured third place with a best effort of 64.01 m in the same event.
24 year old Yogesh Kathuniya started India’s golden day in para sports history with a silver in Men’s discus throw F56. He sent the discus to the best distance of 44.38 m and clinch the silver.
30th august didn’t stopped producing amazing moments for Indians as Sumit Antil upgraded his own world record in the Men’s javelin throw F64 category with a throw of 68.55m to hand India second gold medal of Paralympics 2020. Singhraj added to India’s medal tally by winning bronze medal in the men’s 10 m air pistol shooting SH1. He started shooting only 4 years ago and it was his debut Paralympics.
Mariyappan Thangavelu and Sharad kumar secured silver and bronze for India in men’s high jump T42 on 31th august. Mariyappan cleared 1.86m while Sharad succeeded in clinching bronze with 1.83m jump. 18 year old Parveen kumar also won silver in T64 classification of men’s high jump with the best jump of 2.07m. It was his personal best performance and his first major medal.
Avani Lekhra added 12th medal to India’s medal tally as she won bronze in women’s 50m rifle three positions SH1. She also became India’s most successful women para-athlete as it was her second medal after winning gold in women’s 10m air rifle.
We can hope for more as many more events are yet to come. India’s para-athletes are on a dream run and we hope it doesn’t stop.