India have registered 10 medals at the ongoing mega event till now.

It has been a record-breaking Paralympics campaign for India and after a historic Monday, the Indian para athletes displayed excellent performance on Tuesday. After Avani Lekhara’s shooting heroics on Monday, the para shooters were once again on display whereas archers and track and field athletes had a day to remember at the Tokyo Paralympics on Tuesday.

Although a number of Indian para-athletes displayed memorable performances, the majority were unable to guide themselves to a podium finish. It was star Indian high jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu who stole the limelight on Tuesday at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020.

Let’s find out how did the Indian para athletes perform on the seventh day at the mega event.

Shooting

The day started with para shooter Rubina Francis as she cleared the qualifications with ease and progressed to the finals. Rubina finished the finals of women’s 10m air pistol SH1 event in the seventh position. A commendable effort from the 22-year-old para shooter saw her finish the finals with 128.1 points.

Women’s shotput

Bhagyashri Jadhav registered her personal best in women’s shot put F34 finals. She was India’s sole representative in this particular discipline. Jadhav started with a throw of 5.87m and gradually got better with every throw. Her best throw of 7.00m came in her sixth attempt in the finals, which was also her personal best. However, despite her efforts she finished seventh in the finals.

Women’s 100m

Simran Sharma finished her Tokyo Paralympics campaign with a season-best timing of 12.69 in the women’s 100m T13 heats. Unfortunately, she finished at the 11th spot in her heats and failed to make it to the finals. Still, it was a very commendable effort from the 22-year-old.

Archery: Men’s individual compound – 1/8 elimination

All eyes shifted to archery as Rakesh Kumar was in action against Slovakia’s Marian Marecak in the 1/8 eliminations. It was a very closely contested encounter for Rakesh but he held his nerve to win the match 140-137.

He then featured in the 1/4 Eliminations against China’s Ai Xinliang. Despite starting well, he fell short by 143-145 which brought an end to his Tokyo Paralympics campaign. Rakesh Kumar really showed great resolve and perseverance throughout the campaign.

Men’s 10m air pistol

India had a trio of para shooters in action for men’s 10m air pistol event. Manish Narwal, Deepender Singh and Singhraj Adhana were equally capable of bagging medals for the country.

Singhraj Adhana showed exceptional consistency and despite finishing sixth in the qualifiers, he clinched the bronze medal. Youngster Manish Narwal led the qualification standings but failed to replicate his performance in the finals as he finished in the seventh position. Meanwhile, Deepender Singh failed to make it to the finals after finishing 10th at the qualification rounds.

Men’s high jump T63 finals

All eyes were on this event with three Indian participants in action. There was a lot of expectation from Mariyappan Thangavelu who won the gold medal in Rio 2016 and was looking to replicate that performance in Tokyo. Along with him, there were Sharad Kumar and Rio 2016 bronze medallist Varun Singh Bhati.

A hard contested final between India’s Thangavelu and USA’s Sam Grewe saw the latter clinch the gold medal. Mariyappan Thangavelu won the silver while his compatriot Sharad Kumar had already secured the bronze medal.

Thangavelu failed in all three attempts to clear the 1.88m mark while Grewe cleared it in his third attempt. Meanwhile, Varun Singh Bhati could only manage a seventh-place finish in the finals.

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