Bhavina Patel and Nishad Kumar won silver, while Vinod Kumar snatched a bronze.
The Tokyo Paralympics has now moved into its business end as every country aims to add to its tally in the medal table. For India, Sunday proved to be a highly memorable day as they added multiple medals to their tally.
Ace para-paddler Bhavina Patel bagged the first, winning the silver medal in the women’s singles C4 category. Indian athlete Nishad Kumar followed suit by winning the silver in the high jump T46 category. Vinod Kumar’s heroics in the men’s discus throw helped him bag the bronze as well as India’s third medal at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics.
After pulling off a stunning upset over China’s Miao Zhang in the C4 semi-finals on Saturday, Bhavina Patel faced world no.1 Ying Zhou of China in the gold medal match.
However, she was unable to overwhelm her Chinese adversary. She lost the match by straight games 7-11, 5-11, 6-11. Bhavina won the silver medal at the end, becoming the first Indian to win a silver medal at the Tokyo Paralympics.
The day started off in a disappointing fashion for India in the archery event. Jyoti Baliyan went down fighting to Ireland’s Kerrie-Louise Leonard in the 1/16 elimination round. Despite starting off strongly, Jyoti couldn’t maintain her momentum and was overpowered by the Irish archer and fell to a 137-141 loss.
In the mixed team compound event, Jyoti bounced back as she and Rakesh Kumar defeated Thailand duo Praphaporn Homjanthuek and Anon Aungaphinan 147-141.
They moved into the quarter-finals, where they met Turkish duo of Oznur Cure and Bulent Korkmaz. Despite finishing the match strongly, a sloppy start meant that Turkish archers registered a narrow 153-151 win – ending the dreams of Kumar and Jyoti.
India had a memorable day from its athletes on Sunday. Nishad Kumar and Ram Pal were the Indian participants in the men’s high jump T46 category. It was the former who pulled off a remarkable story.
Kumar bagged the silver medal with a high jump of 2.06m, setting an Asian record in the process. USA’s Roderick Townsend won the gold medal with a jump of 2.15m, while USA’s Dallas Wise clinched the bronze. Ram Pal also made the nation proud by finishing fifth with a personal best high jump of 1.94m.
A memorable day ended off on a high note when Vinod Kumar bagged the bronze medal in men’s discus throw F52 category. He achieved an Asian record throw of 19.91m, which was enough to clinch the bronze medal.
Poland’s Piotr Kosewicz won the gold medal and Croatian athlete Velimir Sandor bagged the silver for his country at the Tokyo Paralympics.
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