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Creating History at Paralympics, Heroes Return Home

Tokyo Paralympics: 17 contestants won a medal at the recently ended Tokyo Paralympics as India recorded it’s best-ever take at the mega event.

Sport for specially-abled players has lived for more than 100 years, and the first sports associations for the deaf were previously in existence in 1888 in Berlin. It was not till after World War II but that it was broadly presented. At that time, the idea was to support the large number of war veterans and civilians who had been damaged during wartime.

In 1944, at the application of the British Government, Dr Ludwig Guttmann started a spinal injuries centre at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Great Britain. In time, rehabilitation sport developed into recreational sport and then into competing sport. It has eventually been a year since the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics was declared. For sports enthusiasts, it can be hard to keep track of all the action through 12 full days of sports from 25th Aug. to 5th Sept. You can plan your plan around Indian top athletes’ important schedules to stay updated on all of India’s events and medals throughout the Games.

Five gold medals, eight silver, and six bronze!

This is how the Indian contingent played at the Tokyo Paralympics, acquiring 19 medals to record their best-ever take on the mega event. Paddler Bhavinaben Patel took India off the point on the third day of the Paralympics by getting a silver in the women’s singles table tennis Class 4 division. India secured its first gold of the event by shooter Avani Lekhara in the women’s 10m air rifle shooting standing SH1 event. A few days later, she won another medal, getting bronze in the women’s 50m rifle three positions shooting SH1.

Further, Sumit Antil, while breaking multiple world records, Manish Narwal and Pramod Bhagat also secured top honours. Krishna Nagar got another badminton gold on the last day as India achieved 24th in the medal tally with 19 medals.

From India, 17 Athletes Walked Onto The Podium. Let’s Take A Look At All The Medallists From India At The Event

1) Bhavinaben Patel – Silver Medal – Women’s Singles Table Tennis Class 4 Division

Gujarat’s Bhavinben Patel carried a wave of triumph throughout the country on the third day of the Paralympics when she secured India’s first-ever TT Paralympics medal. She lost to China’s Zhou Ying 7-11, 5-11, 6-11 in the gold medal match.

2) Nishad Kumar – Silver Medal – Men’s High Jump T47

Nishad Kumar climbed to a silver medal by establishing a personal best and an Asian record. His best shot of 2.06m got him a silver, as USA’s Roderick Townsend-Roberts won gold with a world record reaching a jump of 2.15m.

3) Avani Lekhara – Gold Medal – Women’s 10m Air Rifle Shooting Standing SH1 AND Bronze Medal – Women’s 50m Rifle Three Positions Shooting SH1

On Aug 30, 2021 Avani Lekhara won India’s first medal in shooting at the Tokyo Paralympics in the women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1 event. Lekhara got the gold medal with a total record of 249.6 in the final, matching the record. The 19-year-old also recorded history as the first Indian woman to get a gold medal at the Paralympics.

After getting a gold, Avani scored a 50m rifle three position SH1 bronze to her haul, making her the first Indian woman with two Paralympic medals and second overall from the country to acquire multiple medals in the same edition of the Games. Lekhara totaled 445.9 in the final to claim the medal.

4) Devendra Jhajharia – Silver Medal AND 

5) Sundar Singh Gurjar – Bronze Medal – Men’s Javelin Throw F46

Devendra Jhajharia from India got the silver medal in the men’s javelin throw – F46 final game with his best throw of 64.35, while Sundar Singh Gurjar acquired the bronze medal in the same event with his best hurl of 64.01. Devendra scored a silver to the two golds of his Paralympics career. 

6) Yogesh Kathuniya – Silver Medal – Men’s Discus Throw F56

On Aug 30, 2021, Yogesh Kathuniya from India got the silver medal in the men’s Discus throw (F56) event by recording his best throw of 44.38m in the final. Kathuniya was only surpassed by Brazil’s world-record holder Batista dos Santos Claudiney recorded a throw of 45.59m to get the gold medal.

7) Sumit Antil – Gold Medal – Men’s Javelin Throw F64

After crashing multiple during the event, India’s Sumit Antil reached a new world record to get the gold medal in the men’s javelin throw (F64) game with the notable throw of 68.85m in the final. 

8) Singhraj Adhana – Bronze Medal – Men’s 10m Air Pistol Shooting SH1

AND Silver Medal – Men’s P4 Mixed 50m Pistol SH1

Singaraj Adhana, a 39-year-old shooter, affected with polio and was making his Games debut, shot a total of 216.8 to end the event in third place after reaching for the eight-man final as the sixth-best shooter. 

A few days later, he scored a second medal to his kitty. Singaraj Adhana secured the gold and silver medal in the P4 – Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 final at the Asaka Shooting Range. Singhraj took his second medal of the Tokyo Paralympics with 216.7 points

9) Mariyappan Thangavelu – Silver Medal And 

10) Sharad Kumar – Bronze Medal – Men’s High Jump T42

India was a dual joy in the High jump (T63) event as stars Mariyappan Thangavelu and Sharad Kumar achieved the silver and bronze medals in the final. Mariyappan secured silver after jumping the mark of 1.86m. This is his secondary medal at the Games, having previously won a gold in Rio 2016. In the Meantime, Sharad Kumar grabbed bronze after jumping his season-best mark of 1.83m.

11) Praveen Kumar – Silver Medal – Men’s High Jump T64

Praveen Kumar achieved the silver medal in the men’s high jump T64 division with a jump of 2.07m in the game final. En route to improving India’s medal tally, the 18-year-old reached the new Asian record.

12) Harvinder Singh – Bronze Medal – Men’s Individual Recurve – Open Archery

Harvinder Singh won India’s first-ever medal for archery in the Paralympics, holding his nerves to down Kim Min Su of Korea in a breath-taking shoot-off for the men’s individual recurve bronze in the ongoing Events. In the bronze playoff, the 31-year-old was heading 5-3 before the Korean secured the fifth set shooting a perfect 10 to force a shoot-off where the Indian answered in style, shooting a perfect ten against Kim’s 8 for a 6-5 (26-24, 27-29, 28-25, 25-25, 26-27) (10-8) win.

13) Manish Narwal – Gold Medal – Men’s P4 Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 

Indian shooters Manish Narwal secured the gold medal in the P4 – Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 final at the Asaka Shooting Range.

The 19-year-old Manish achieved the Paralympic record as he gathered 218.2 points to hold the yellow element. The Russian Paralympic Committee’s (RPC) Sergey Malyshev got the bronze medal.

14) Pramod Bhagat – Gold Medal -Badminton Men’s Singles SL3

Indian shuttler Pramod Bhagat continued to India’s medal rush by acquiring gold in the men’s singles (SL3) game. He beat Great Britain’s Daniel Bethell 21-14, 21-17 and won the final. Also, it happened to be India’s first badminton Paralympics medal. 

15) Manoj Sarkar – Bronze Medal -Badminton Men’s Singles SL3

A few minutes passed Pramod’s victory, and quite literally, Manoj Sarkar from India acquired the bronze medal in the men’s singles (SL3) badminton event to better. He beat Japan’s Daisuke Fujihara 22-20, 21-13 in the final to take India’s medal score to 17 at the end of the penultimate day.

16) Suhas L. Yathiraj – Silver Medal – Badminton Men’s Singles SL4

India’s para-shuttler Suhas L Yathiraj acquired the silver medal at the Paralympic Events. Yathiraj lost the final to France’s Lucas Mazur in the men’s singles badminton SL4 event to Mazur in the final 21-15, 17-21, 15-21. The 38-year-old is the DM of Gautam Buddh Nagar (Noida). Suhas also acquired be the first-ever IAS officer to acquire a medal at the Paralympics.

17) Krishna Nagar – Gold Medal – Badminton Men’s Singles SH6

India’s para-shuttler Krishna Nagar acquired the gold medal in the men’s singles badminton SH6 event by beating Chu Man Kai of Hong Kong. Nagar defeated Man Kai 21-17, 16-21, and 21-17 as India ended with a record medal total of 19 at the Paralympic Games.

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