Rakesh Kumar will hope to continue his impressive run of form.

In the past couple of days, it has been raining medals for Indian athletes at the Tokyo Paralympics. Bhavina Patel opened India’s account by winning a silver medal in table tennis. This was followed by Nishad Kumar winning another silver medal in the men’s high jump. Vinod Kumar added to it by winning the bronze in the men’s discus throw.

Yogesh Kathuniya won another medal in the men’s discus throw, this time a silver. Devendra Jhajharia and Sundar Singh Gurjar brought further glory by winning the silver and bronze respectively in the men’s javelin throw. Shooter Avani Lekhara created history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games. Therefore, Tokyo 2020 has already been the best-ever campaign for the Indian athletes.

On Tuesday, several Indian athletes will be aiming to continue the winning momentum. High jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Singh Bhati, shooter Rubina Francis, archer Rakesh Kumar and many others will take to the field. A number of medals will be up for grabs for the Indian contingent and they will be aiming to increase India’s tally at the Tokyo Paralympics on day 7.

Shooting: P2- Women’s 10m Air Pistol SH1 Qualification

Rubina Francis will represent India in this event. She will be taking inspiration from compatriot Avani Lekhara’s exploits. The 22-year-old is currently the world no. 5 in the 10m air pistol category.

Francis had set a world record at the Para Sport Cup in Peru earlier in 2021. She won the gold medal, after scoring a total of 238.1 points. In doing so, she went past the world record of Aysegul Pehlivanlar of Turkey. Now, Rubina Francis is all set to make her entrance at Tokyo 2020.

The event will begin at 6:00 AM IST.

Athletics: Women’s Shot Put – F34 Final

All eyes will be on Bhagyashri Jadhav (Courtesy: Athletics Federation of India)

Athletics is India’s biggest medal hope at the Tokyo Paralympics, and it has rightly delivered. Bhagyashri Madavrao Jadhav will be the lone Indian representative at this event. The country has won five medals in athletics in the ongoing competition so far and Jadhav will be aiming to add to it.

The event will start at 6:56 AM IST.

Athletics: Women’s 100m T13 Round 1 Heats

Another Indian female athlete will soon be in action. There will be a total of three heats in the women’s 100m. India’s Simran will take part in Heat 2, alongside five other athletes. The first two in each heat and the next two fastest will advance to the final round.

Catch Simran in action at 7:08 AM IST.

Archery: Men’s Individual Compound – 1/8 Elimination: Rakesh Kumar Vs Marian Marecak

In the ranking round of the men’s individual compound archery, Rakesh Kumar had started the campaign on an impressive note. He finished at the third spot on the standings, after accumulating a personal-best total score of 699. Therefore, he was full of confidence ahead of the first elimination match. Rakesh faced the challenge of Chuen Ka Ngai in the 1/16 elimination round.

Rakesh Kumar has been in good form recently (courtesy-NorthernHerlad)

The Indian archer shot nine perfect 10s including four closest to the centre (X) for a total of 144, as his Hong Kong rival paled in comparison shooting just four 10s (three Xs) for a total of 131. In the end, Kumar easily won the contest by a massive 13-point margin at the Yumenoshima Park. In the last-16 round, third-seeded Kumar will face 14th seed Marian Marecak of Slovakia.

The match will begin at 7:12 AM IST.

Shooting: P1- Men’s 10m Air Pistol SH1 Qualification

A trio of Indian shooters will compete in this event. All three of them are capable of winning medals for the country. Manish Narwal is currently world no. 4 in the men’s air pistol category. The 19-year-old had received the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2020.

Deepender Singh will also be a strong competitor. He has won many gold and silver medals and had set a new para world record in the 2017 Para Shooting World Cup in Bangkok. On the other hand, Singhraj had won the gold medal in the 2021 Para Shooting World Cup at Al Ain in the UAE. He had defeated Uzbekistan’s Server Ibragimov to get the top honour.

The event will start at 8:30 AM IST.

Athletics: Men’s High Jump T63 Final

Mariyappan Thangavelu is a name that is written in golden letters in Indian sporting history. The 26-year-old had clinched the gold medal in the men’s high jump at Rio 2016. He was awarded the Padma Shri and Arjuna Award in 2017. In 2020, he was also conferred the Khel Ratna award by the Government of India. Thangavelu will now be defending his title in the Japanese capital and will leave no stone unturned in order to achieve it.

Another Indian high jumper in action will be Sharad Kumar. He has gone toe-to-toe with Thangavelu in recent times. A double gold medalist at the Asian Para Games, Kumar is now aiming for a medal on the grandest stage. Not to forget Varun Singh Bhati, who will also represent India in the high jump final. Bhati is a Rio 2016 bronze medalist and will be hoping to at least replicate that success.

The final will begin at 3:55 PM IST.

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