In the Tokyo Paralympic Games, India won two medals today. The day began with a silver medal in the Men’s High Jump T64 final when debutant Praveen Kumar cleared jump of 2.07 metres for a new Asian Record. While in shooting, Avani Lekhara won a bronze medal in the 50-metre three-position SH1 air rifle event. With this, Team India has so far won a total of 12 medals including two gold, five silver and four bronze medals.
Earlier, in Badminton, Shuttler Suhas Yathiraj, Tarun Dhillon and Manoj Sarkar have won their respective Group matches of Men’s Singles. While Yathiraj defeated Susanto Hary of Indonesia 21-6, 21-12 in Group ‘B’ encounter of SL4 event, Dhillon overcame South Korea’s Hwan Kyung Shin 21-18, 15-21, 21-17 in another Group ‘B’ match of SL4 event. Sarkar defeated Oleksandr Chyrkov of Ukraine 21-16, 21-9 in Group ‘A’ match of SL3 Category. Shuttler Krishna Nagar will take part in SH6 Group ‘B’ event of Men’s Singles later in the day. However, the pair of Palak Kohli and Parul Parmar lost to French duo of Faustine Noel and Lenaig Morin 12-21, 20-12 in SL3-SU5 Group ‘B’ match of Women’s Doubles.
In Archery, Harvinder Singh has booked his spot in the quarterfinals of the Men’s Individual Recurve event while Vivek Chikara will be in action in elimination round of the same event.
Prachi Yadav, who became the first Indian to qualify for the Paralympics in Canoe Sprint has finished 8th in the finals of Women’s VL2 200-metre event.
In Swimming, Suyash Yadav and Niranjan Mukundan failed to qualify in respective heats of Men’s 50-metre butterfly S7 event.
Para athelets Kashish Lakra and Ekta Bhyan will be taking part in the finals of Women’s Club Throw F51 and Soman Rana in finals of Men’s Shot Put F57 later in the day .
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have congratulated Avani Lekhara on bringing home the Bronze Medal at Tokyo Paralympics. Sports Minister Anurag Thakur lauded Avani’s stellar performances by writing Amazing Avani.
Mr Thakur wrote histroy has been made. India has won 12 medals at the 2020 Paralympics Games so far.