4 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze medals. That’s how well the Indian contingent has performed at the current Tokyo Paralympic Games, winning 17 medals to record their best run in the mega event.
Paddler Bhavinaben Patel got India off the ground on Day 3 of the Paralympic Games by winning a silver medal in category 4 of women’s singles table tennis. India captured their first gold of the event with shooter Avani Lekhara in the women’s SH1 standing 10m air rifle event. A few days later, she won another medal, taking bronze in the women’s 50m 3-position rifle shooting SH1.
In addition, Sumit Antil, while breaking several world records, Manish Narwal and Pramod Bhagat also won top honors.
So far 15 athletes have stepped onto the podium. Let’s take a lot from all India’s medalists at the Games:
1) Bhavinaben Patel – Silver Medal – Ladies’ single table tennis category Class 4
Bhavinben Patel of Gujarat sent a wave of celebrations across the country on day three of the Paralympic Games when she won India’s first ever Paralympic TT medal. In the gold medal match, she lost to China’s Zhou Ying 7-11.5-11.6-11.
2) Nishad Kumar – Silver medal – men’s high jump T47
Nishad Kumar climbed to a silver medal setting a personal best and an Asian record. His best effort of 2.06m earned him a silver medal, as American Roderick Townsend-Roberts won gold with a record jump of 2.15m.
3) Avani Lekhara – Gold Medal – 10m standing female rifle shooting SH1 ET Bronze medal – 50m female rifle shooting 3 positions SH1
Avani Lekhara won India’s first shooting medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games on Monday in the SH1 10m standing air rifle event. Lekhara won the gold medal with a total score of 249.6 in the final, tying the world record. The 19-year-old also made history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games
Avani, after winning a gold medal, added a 50m 3-position SH1 bronze rifle to her track record, making her the first Indian woman with two Paralympic medals and the second overall in the country to win multiple medals at the same edition of the Games. Lekhara scored 445.9 in the final to win the medal.
4) Devendra Jhajharia – Silver Medal AND
5) Sundar Singh Gurjar – Bronze Medal – Men’s F46 Javelin Throw
Indian Devendra Jhajharia won the silver medal in the men’s javelin throw final – F46 with his best throw of 64.35, while Sundar Singh Gurjar won the bronze medal in the same event with his best throw of 64.01. Devendra added a silver medal to his two gold medals in his Paralympic career.
6) Yogesh Kathuniya – Silver Medal – Men’s Discus Throw F56
Indian Yogesh Kathuniya captured silver in the men’s discus throw (F56) on Monday posting his best throw of 44.38m in the final. Kathuniya was only beaten by Brazil’s world record holder Batista dos Santos Claudiney who recorded a throw of 45.59m to win the gold medal.
7) Sumit Antil – Gold Medal – Men’s F64 Javelin Throw
Indian Sumit Antil set a new world record, having broken several times throughout the event, to win the gold medal in the men’s javelin throw (F64) with the best throw of 68.85m finally.
8) Singhraj Adhana – Bronze medal – 10m air pistol shooting men SH1
AND Silver Medal – P4 Mixed 50m Men SH1 Pistol
Singhraj Adhana, a 39-year-old shooter with polio making his Games debut, shot a total of 216.8 to finish the event in third place after qualifying for the eight-man final as a sixth best shooter.
A few days later, he added a second medal to his prize pool. Singhraj Adhana won the gold and silver medals in the P4 – Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 final at the Asaka shooting range. Singhraj clinched his second Tokyo Paralympic Games medal with 216.7 points
9) Mariyappan Thangavelu – Silver medal AND
10) Sharad Kumar – Bronze medal – men’s high jump T42
It was a double pleasure for India in the high jump (T63) event as stars Mariyappan Thangavelu and Sharad Kumar took the silver and bronze medals respectively in the final. Mariyappan picked up the silver after crossing the 1.86m mark. This is his second medal at the Games, having previously won a gold medal at Rio 2016. Meanwhile, Sharad Kumar clinched bronze after posting his best mark of the season of 1.83m.
11) Praveen Kumar – Silver Medal – men’s high jump T64
Praveen Kumar won silver in the men’s T64 high jump category with a jump of 2.07m in the event final. On his way to improving India’s medal tally, the 18-year-old set the new Asian record.
12) Harvinder Singh – Bronze Medal – Men’s Individual Recurve – Open Archery
Harvinder Singh captured India’s first archery medal at the Paralympic Games, holding his nerves down for Korea’s Kim Min Su in an exciting shootout for recurve bronze at the Games in India. Classes. In the bronze playoffs, the 31-year-old led 5-3 before the Korean won the fifth set by shooting a perfect 10 to force a play-off where the Indian responded in style by shooting a perfect 10 against the 8. Kim’s 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 50m SH1 Mixed Pistol
Indian shooters Manish Narwal won the gold medal in the P4 – Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 final at the Asaka shooting range.
Manish, 19, set the Paralympic record by amassing 218.2 points to clinch the yellow metal. Sergey Malyshev of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) won the bronze medal.
14) Pramod Bhagat – Gold medal – men’s singles badminton SL3
Indian commuter Pramod Bhagat added to India’s medal race by winning the gold in men’s singles (SL3). He beat Briton Daniel Bethell 21-14.21-17 to win the final. It also turned out to be India’s very first Paralympic badminton medal.
15) Manoj Sarkar – Bronze medal – men’s singles badminton SL3
A few minutes after the victory of Pramod, and literally, the Indian Manoj Sarkar won the bronze medal in the men’s singles badminton event (SL3) to do better. He beat Daisuke Fujihara of Japan 22-20.21-13 in the final to bring India’s medal total to 17 at the end of the penultimate day.