Tokyo Paralympics 2020- India’s performance so far
The craze for Tokyo Olympics 2020 wasn’t even over that Tokyo Paralympics 2020 paved their way in. The 2020 Summer Paralympics, branded as Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, are a major international multi-sport parasports event governed by the International Paralympic Committee. The game is scheduled in Tokyo, Japan from 24 august till 5 September 2021. In total 4,537 players are participating in Paralympics 2020. India has sent 54 athletes across nine para-sports. So far, the country has won a total of 8 medals including two prestigious gold medals, 4 silver, and 2 bronze medals. India stands in 28th position in the medal tally at Tokyo Paralympics 2020.
Here is the list of Winners (India) from Tokyo Paralympics 2020
India witnessed a historic moment as shooter Avani Lekhara became the first woman from India to win a Paralympic gold medal. Lekhara won the Gold in the women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing (SH1) event at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020. The 19-year-old Lekhara is currently World No. 5 in the women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1 event. A car accident back in 2012 damaged her spinal cord due to which she now sits on a wheelchair executing brilliance flawlessly.
After three years of the accident, due to her father’s encouragement, Lekhara took up shooting and archery. Recently she also won silver at Para Shooting World Cup 2021.
India proved to be the best contender in Javelin Throw at both Olympics and Paralympics with clinging two gold medals respectively. Sumit Antil Clinches India’s 2nd Gold in Tokyo Paralympics in Javelin Throw (F64) Event, Sets New World Record. With a personal best throw of 66.43 m, javelin thrower, 22 years old Antil is the current world record holder in the F64 category. But with his Gold, Antil now holds a new record in the F64 category.
A fatal car accident resulted in an amputated left leg due to which the young player has to quit his dream of becoming a wrestler, however his love for sports remained and he excelled his skills at Javelin Throw. The skills, which once again made India proud on the global stage.
The 24-year-old Yogesh Kathuniya on his Paralympics debut won the silver medal in Men’s Discus Throw F56 event. Kathuniya was always an enthusiast for sports however due to an unfortunate paralytic attack left him with impaired limb coordination at the age of just eight. Though being bound in a wheelchair, Yogesh Kathuniya set a new world record of 45.18m to win gold at the Para Athletics Grand Prix in Berlin last year. His silver wins at Paralympics in itself is an inspiration for millions.
Bhavinaben Patel won the silver medal in the Women’s Singles Class 4 TT event, losing the Gold medal match to China’s Zhou Ying. The 34-year-old player lost the opening game then the second game and finally the third. Being bound to a wheelchair, she first picked up TT for fun but soon realized she could do really well at it. She is currently ranked 12th in her class.
“I am very happy on one side and on one side I was very nervous, so that’s why I wasn’t able to give my hundred percent in the match. I am not satisfied and a little bit disappointed. But I will fulfill all the shortcomings in the next tournament,” said Bhavinaben Patel in an interview after winning the match.
India’s greatest Paralympian Devendra Jhajharia won a silver medal at javelin throw (F46 final event). On his win, the star athlete has dedicated his medal to his fellow countrymen. 40 years old Devendra is a former world champion and current world record holder, he is the only Indian to win two gold medals at Paralympics games. His life changed completely when he was just eight, his left arm was amputated up to the elbow after he accidentally touched an 11000-volt live cable. But since his recovery, Jhajharia took up intense training and pursued his passion for sports. He won both of his previous golds at the Paralympics after breaking the existing world record making his victory even more laudable.
Nishad Kumar, 21, cleared 2.06m his own Asian record, winning a silver medal in the men’s high jump T47 event in the Paralympics. Hailing from Una Himachal Pradesh, Kumar met with an accident at the age of eight that resulted in the loss of his right hand. Since then, he first began para sporting in 2009. In 2019, he won a bronze at the World Para Athletics Championships for a berth in the Tokyo Paralympics. He has also performed for an Asian record and earned a gold medal at the World Para Athletics GP.
Singhraj Adhana won bronze with a score of 216.8 in the P1 – Men’s 10m Air Pistol SH1 event. This was India’s second medal at the Asaka Shooting Range.
“Singhraj Adana’s winning the bronze medal in shooting at #Paralympics marks a high point in his saga of resilience and determined pursuit of excellence. Congratulations to him for this amazing feat! The nation is proud of you. May you achieve greater glory in the years to come.” wrote The President of India congratulating Singhraj Adhana.
Sundar Singh Gurjar:
Sundar Singh Gurjar won a bronze medal, finishing behind Jhajharia in the men’s javelin throw F46 final. Sundar Singh Gurjar used to compete in the general category before he lost his left palm in a home accident in 2015. Since then he is playing para-sports and holds a national record throw of 68.42m at the Para Athletics National Championships in Rio. However, he was disqualified for the late throw, due to which Sunder entered the phase of depression. Battling all the odds he once again came back competing in Dubai 2017 and won gold in all three of his events. Since then, there’s no stopping for the young player.
So far, India has won a total of 8 medals including two prestigious gold medals, 4 silver, and 2 bronze medals. We hope, that soon we will be collecting even more records and medals with such star players competing at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020.