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TOKYO PARALYMPICS 2020: India Concludes With A Record-Breaking Victory.

07 September,2021  |  By Brainwonders

Indian athletes have scripted history at Tokyo Paralympics 2020. India’s medal tally has reached to glorious 19 medals total.

This was India’s best performance to date in the Paralympics.

The tally of medals in Tokyo Paralympics 2020 is as follows: 5 Gold, 8 silver, 6 bronze medals.

India’s medal journey at Paralympics began with Bhavinaben Patel ending the last day of Tokyo Paralympics with 19 medals altogether.

The total number of Gold medals won by India in the Paralympics was 4 while in Tokyo Paralympics 2020, India has created history securing 5 gold medals in just one edition of the game.

Here is a list of athletes who have made the addition to the previous medals.

1. Krishna Nagar: 

Krishna Nagar

He won India’s 5th Gold in the men's singles (SH6) final against Hong kong’s Chu man kai on the last day of the Tokyo Paralympics Sunday.

He has scripted history by becoming the first-ever Gold medalist in the history of the Indian Paralympics.

Initial stumbling block:

In his early childhood, the issues related to his height was noticed by his parents when his growth was significantly slow. After consulting the doctor, there was a significant lack of growth hormones as a result of which dwarfism was detected. Because of dwarfism, Krishna’s Journey as a child was full of obstacles from society.

Krishna was teased and mocked at school because of his height, which further affected his self-esteem. Krishna, like any other short youngster, tried to find ways to grow taller, which is why he became increasingly active in sports.

Road to success

Right from his childhood, he was extremely active in sports. Sports like sprints, Jump always excited him. He was excellent in these games but when Krishna discovered para-badminton in 2017, his outlook on life shifted.

With a gold medal in his name, his height is hardly a discouraging factor as he has already surpassed all expectations within Tokyo Paralympics 2020.

2. Pramod Bhagat:

Pramod Bhagat

He has won Gold in the men’s singles SL3 badminton event at Tokyo Paralympics 2020 that happened on Sunday.

The Struggle before the glory:

Pramod is a native of the Hajipur district but is now settled in Odisha. At the age of 5, Pramod was affected by polio. Overcoming the barriers, he started playing badminton at the age of 12.

Road to success:

He entered para-badminton in 2006 before that, he competed against able-bodied players. He went on to become one of the finest para shuttlers in the country, winning 45 international medals, including four world championship gold medals and bronze medals at the 2018 Asian Para Games. His journey to success was not very easy. As soon after he started playing, he lost his father and later in 2020, his mother due to covid. Overcoming the struggles, he now is one of the 5 Gold medalists in the country at Tokyo Paralympics 2020.

3. Manish Narwal:

Manish Narwal

19-year-old shooter, Manish narwal has won gold in the Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 event at Tokyo Paralympics 2020. Manish fired a total of 218.2, a Paralympic record to win.

The barrier in the beginning.

He had an interest in football from early childhood. But as an inborn ailment in his right hand, he was not able to fulfil his dream of playing football. His father, a wrestler tried everything to make sure that his son did not face any obstacle as a result of his deformity.

Road to success

He started shooting in 2016, at a suggestion of a family friend. Later the coach Jai Prakash Nautiyal spotted his talent. And as a result of which he won Gold at the Bngkonk World cup in 2017.

4. Praveen Kumar:

Praveen Kumar

He has secured Silver in  Men's High Jump T64

Initial setback:

As a differently-abled sportsperson, Praveen Kumar had to face a lot of discrimination at the beginning. At the age of 9, when he participated in a High Jump event at school, he was denied even participation. Praveen is a native of Govindgarh village of Jewar, He grew up in a financially humble upbringing.

Road to success:

He tried volleyball first but fell in love with the high jump. In 2018, he started to train under coach Satyapal, a well-known name in sports. In Tokyo Paralympics 2020, Praveen set a personal best of 2.05m setting an Asian record with a jump of 2.07 metres. In the Tokyo Paralympics with an Asian record jump of 2.07m, he became India's fourth medalist in men's high jump and 11th medalist overall.

5. Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj:

Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj

He has scripted history by becoming the first-ever IAS officer to win a medal at Paralympics. He secured a historic silver medal after going fighting against France’s Lucas Mazur

A DM’s to the road to Paralympics :

Suhas is a Computer Engineering graduate from the National Institute of Technology, Suratkal, Karnataka. He began working at the Indian Administrative Service [IAS] in 2007.

In 2020 he was appointed as Noida district magistrate. Suhas is a magistrate and has impairment in one of his ankles. His impairment in the ankle never stopped him to fulfil his wishes.

In 2012, he decided to pursue sports more actively as suggested by his wife and colleagues. On Sunday, he won the silver medal in Tokyo Paralympics 2020 in badminton.

6. Harvinder Singh:

Harvinder Singh

He has secured a bronze medal for India in Men’s Recurve archery in Tokyo Paralympics 2020.

Initial struggles:

He was born in a modest family having financial struggles in the Kaithal district in west Haryana. He had a leg impairment at the age of one as a result of medicine given to treat dengue fever.

Road to success:

Harvinder always developed a great interest in most sports and after watching 2012, Olympics games, he became inspired by archery and started pursuing it professionally. 

He would never miss a class as a result of which, he won several medals for the country.

7. Manoj Sarkar:

Manoj Sarkar

He has secured bronze in men's singles (SL3) at the badminton event at Tokyo Paralympics 2020 against Japan's Daisuke Fujihara to win a bronze in men’s singles (SL3).

Not an easy road in the beginning:

Manoj who was paralysed in his right leg after contracting polio at the age of one had taken up badminton with a passion to beat his older brother at the game. But, he started to pursue badminton professionally.

He competed in inter-school competitions against able-bodied players until 11th grade, when he began competing in para-badminton.

Road to success:

In Tokyo Paralympics 2020, he secured a bronze at a badminton event.  At the 2016 Asian Championships in Beijing, he won gold in the SL3 singles. He won the Arjuna Award in 2018 and was voted Para Sportsman of the Year at the Sportstar Aces Awards a year later.

Let us take a look at the list of all the medals won by Indian athletes at the Tokyo Paralympics:

  • Avani Lekhara: Gold - Women's 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1. Bronze - Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1
  • Pramod Bhagat: Gold - Men's singles SL3 badminton
  • Krishna Nagar: Gold - Men's singles SH6 badminton
  • Manish Narwal: Gold - Mixed 50m Pistol SH1
  • Bhavinaben Patel -Silver: Women's Singles Class 4 Table Tennis
  • Singhraj Adhana: Silver - Mixed 50m Pistol SH1. Bronze - Men's 10m Air Pistol SH1
  • Yogesh Kathuniya: Silver - Men's Discus F56
  • Sumit Antil: Gold: Men's Javelin Throw F64
  • Nishad Kumar: Silver - Men's High Jump T47
  • Mariyappan Thangavelu: Silver Men's High Jump T63
  • Devendra Jhajharia: Silver Men's Javelin F46
  • Suhas Yathiraj: Silver Men's Singles Badminton SL4
  • Harvinder Singh: Bronze - Men's Individual Recurve Archery
  • Sharad Kumar: Bronze Men's High Jump T63
  • Sundar Singh Gurjar: Bronze Men's Javelin Throw F46
  • Manoj Sarkar: Bronze - Men's Singles Badminton SL3
  • Praveen Kumar: Silver Men's High Jump T64.

Let us take a look at India’s total medal tally according to Games:

Games No. of Medals
Athletes 8
Shooting 5
Archery 1
Badminton 4
Table Tennis 1

 

Indian athletes concluded the Paralympics and returned home with glorious 19 medals from Tokyo. This is a huge achievement for the nation!

India’s journey at the Paralympics was full of victorious performances by all the athletes.

We salute each and everyone who made every Indian proud with their dynamic performances.

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