TOKYO: India’s Paralympic journey has taken a ten medal ride. The Tokyo Paralympics games are turning out to be India’s best performance.
Table Tennis player Bhavaniben Patel became the only second woman to win a silver medal at the Paralympics. At the same time, India’s Avani Lekhara created history when she became the first Indian woman to win a gold medal in the women’s 10 meter Air Rifle Standing event. She defeated China’s Cuiping Zhang, a gold medallist in the Rio Games. Avani made a world record in the Paralympics.
Defending champions Sharad Kumar and Mariyappan Thangavelu have won a bronze and silver medal in the men’s high jump event. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted the big win, ‘Soaring higher and higher, Mariyappan is synonymous with consistency and excellence.’ Mariyappan took silver with a jump of 1.86 meters, while Sharad took bronze with a 1.83 meters jump.
Sharad Kumar revealed that he was considering opting out of the game due to a leg injury, but he gave everything in the game because of the motivation he received from his family.
The T42 event is for athletes with deficiency and muscle problems, the athletes have to jump from a standing position. So far, India has bagged two gold, five silver, and three bronze medals.
Indian shooter Singhraj Adana also won a bronze medal in the men’s 10-meter air pistol event. Indian athlete Sumit Antil has made history by breaking his world record in Javelin’s throw. His record throw at 68.55 meters is the new world record. It is a matter of pride as India has touched a milestone at the Tokyo Paralympics.