Nishad Kumar will also be in action in the final of the men’s high jump event.
India have opened its medal tally at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics. Table tennis player Bhavina Patel has assured India of its first medal in the sport at the quadrennial competition. She will have the chance to create further history on Sunday. As many as 54 Indian para-athletes are representing the country at Tokyo 2020.
Apart from Bhavina Patel, several other Indian para-athletes will also be in action at the weekend. High jumpers Nishad Kumar and Rampal Chahar, archer Jyoti Baliyan and others will also take to the field on Sunday. A number of medals are up for grabs for the Indian contingent and it could well turn out to be a memorable day for Indian sports.
Archery: Women’s Individual Compound 1/16 Elimination – Jyoti Baliyan Vs Kerrie-Louise Leonard
The lone Indian female archer to have qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics is Jyoti Baliyan. Earlier this year, the world’s top 10 archers were invited to the seventh Fazza Para Archery Tournament held in Dubai, in which Baliyan also participated. At the same time, she secured 17th rank in the World Championship held in the Netherlands and was selected for the Tokyo Paralympics.
However, Jyoti Baliyan delivered a below-par performance in the ranking round. She finished in 15th spot, with a total score of 671 in compound archery. The 27-year-old will now have to overcome the tough challenge of Irish archer Kerrie-Louise Leonard in the 1/16 elimination round.
The match will begin at 6:55 AM IST.
Table Tennis: Women’s Singles Class 4 Gold Medal Match – Bhavina Patel Vs Zhou Ying
India’s Bhavina Patel has had a fairytale campaign at the Tokyo Paralympics. She defeated the likes of Brazilian Joyce de Oliveira, defending champion Borislava Rankovic Peric of Serbia and China’s Miao Zhang to make it through to the summit clash.
Bhavina Patel will now lock horns with Zhou Ying in the final. The Chinese paddler had beaten Bhavina in the group stage of the tournament. It will not be easy by any means for Bhavina against the World No. 1, but she will hope to learn from her earlier mistakes. A win would mean that she will become the first-ever Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. Can Bhavina Patel gift India a golden moment in Paralympic history?
The gold medal match will begin at 7:15 AM IST.
Archery: Mixed Team Compound 1/8 Elimination – India Vs Thailand
It will be a busy day for Jyoti Baliyan at the Tokyo Paralympics as she will take part in her second event of the day, the mixed team compound archery. Baliyan will team up with the impressive Rakesh Kumar for India. Rakesh had finished in third spot in the ranking round. He then went on to defeat Chuen Ka Ngai of Hong Kong in the individual elimination round.
The duo will take on Thailand in this crucial match. The Thai team will be represented by Praphaporn Homjanthuek and Anon Aungaphinan. The match will start at 9:00 AM IST.
Athletics: Men’s Discus Throw – F52 Final
Vinod Kumar will represent India in this event at the Tokyo Paralympics. There will be a total of eight participants in the final, with Vinod being the only Asian competitor. The discus thrower’s personal best throw is 19.29m. However, this season he has managed to achieve a best distance of only 18.52m.
The ex-BSF soldier was bed-ridden for 12 years. He overcame all odds to clinch a bronze medal at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in 2019. Now, he will take part in his maiden Paralympic Games. Catch Vinod Kumar in action at 3:54 PM IST.
Athletics: Men’s High Jump – T47 Final
One of India’s biggest medal prospects, Nishad Kumar will make his Paralympics debut. The 20-year-old is the current Asian record holder. He clinched the gold medal with a 2.06m effort at the 12th Fazza Championships World Para Athletics Grand Prix 2021 in Dubai.
Nishad also has a bronze medal from the World Championships in his growing collection. The youngster is now aiming to deliver in Tokyo. His compatriot Rampal Chahar will also feature in the final. Chahar is an Asian Para Games silver-medalist and had finished in sixth place at Rio 2016.
The event will begin at 3:58 PM IST.
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