Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympics – India’s Impressive Outperformance
After successfully organizing the Tokyo Olympics 2020, Tokyo, Japan is now back with the 2020 Summer Paralympics known as Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Organized by International Paralympic Committee Paralympics is a significant worldwide multi-sport para-sports event.
Planned as the sixteenth Summer Paralympic Games, they are taking place in Tokyo, Japan from the 24th of August, 2021 to the 5th of September, 2021.
History of Paralympics
Paralympic Games are the major international sports competition, the Paralympics games are meant for athletes with disabilities. The first paralympic games took place in Rome, Italy, in 1960 that featured 400 athletes from 23 countries. Since then they have taken place every four years.
It’s just not games to win medals but to demonstrate the will to win in adverse life situations. All the participants are winners in a sense because they have conquered the fear of loss and disabilities.
Opening Ceremony of 2020 Summer Paralympics
A three-hour-long mesmerizing Paralympics opening ceremony was carried out on the 24th in the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo that was turned into an airplane. The theme of the opening ceremony was “Moving Forward: We Have Wings” and most of the props were related to aviation.
OPENING CEREMONY BEGINS
This spectacular venue is ablaze with fireworks and excitement as we prepare for the #Paralympics opening ceremony.
A spellbinding night ahead. Enjoy. pic.twitter.com/da2xSBxVIp
— Devin Heroux (@Devin_Heroux) August 24, 2021
Teams from a total of 78 countries are participating in the games. India too is one of the participants and is hoping for a better performance by its para-athletes.
Let’s have a look at India’s performance in Tokyo Paralympics 2020.
There is good news for the Indian Sports Fans, India has won 19 medals (5 golds, 8 silvers, and 6 bronze) in various games, the details of which are as follows:
In the men’s Javelin throw F46 event, India’s Devendra Jhajharia, 40 a two-time Olympics champion won a silver medal in Men’s Javelin F46 event by throwing the javelin at a distance of 64.35m.
India’s Sundar Singh too managed to grab a bronze medal in the men’s Javelin throw F46 event by throwing at a distance of 64.01m.
Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Priyantha Herath Mudiyanselage won the gold by setting a new world record in the Men’s Javelin F46 by throwing a distance of 67.79m.
Indian Athlete Sumit Antil scripted history as he broke the world record thrice to win a gold medal at the Paralympics, launching his way to the top of the podium in the men’s javelin F64 finals in Tokyo. Sumit made the world record by throwing the javelin to 68.55m.
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Women’s Air Rifle
Women’s 10m SH1
The 19-year-old shooter, Avani Lekhara, has made brandishing history by becoming the 1st Indian lady to win a Paralympics gold. She made an amazing score of 149.6 in the last round of Women’s 10m air rifle at Tokyo Paralympics on Monday. With this, Lekhara has established another Paralympic record and has additionally made a world record.
Women’s 50m SH1
In the finals of another event (Women’s 50m rifle 3 positions SH1) on 3rd September, Avni secured bronze by scoring 445.9 points. Zhang C of China won gold with a personal best of 457.9 points, whereas N Hiltrop of Germany got Silver scoring 457.1 points.
Avani Lekhara becomes the first Indian woman to win 2 Paralympics medals, she won gold in 10m and bronze in 50m events. Indeed an unprecedented achievement and
Men’s F56 Discus Throw Event
The 24-year-old, Yogesh Kathuniya won a silver in the men’s F56 discus throw event by throwing a distance of 44.38m. Yogesh finished behind Brazil’s Claudiney Batista dos Santos, who set another Paralympic record with a throw of 45.59m.
In 2020, Yogesh set a worldwide record of 45.18m to win gold at the Para-games Grand Prix in Berlin, which was his first global game.
Kathuniya said he felt “amazing” in the wake of winning the silver, despite the fact that the excursion was a long way from simple. Yogesh said he needed to prepare for the Tokyo Games without a mentor. “In India, there was a six-month lockdown so every stadium was closed. When I could return to the stadium on a daily basis, I had to practice by myself,” he further stated.
Indian table tennis player Bhavina Patel won a silver medal in Tokyo, turning into the second Indian female competitor after Deepa Malik to achieve the accomplishment. Bhavina, lost the gold to world No.1 Chinese paddler Ying Zhou in the women’s singles class 4 last.
Bhavina said she was “extremely delighted” to win a medal but also “a bit disappointed” that she somehow played nervously.
Men’s High Jump
Men’s T47 Event
Nishad Kumar won a silver in the men’s high jump T47 event by clearing 2.06m and setting an Asian record. He had a tie for the silver medal with American competitor Dallas Wise who too cleared 2.06m.
#NishadKumar jumps 2.06m in Men's High Jump T47 Final bagging Silver? medal; Wins India’s ?? second medal of the day; Brings home First Athletics medal in #ParalympicsTokyo2020— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 29, 2021
Gold was won by another American, Roderick Townsend, who cleared a world record jump of 2.15m.
Men’s T63 Event
Mariyappan Thangavelu won a silver medal during the men’s high jump T63 at Tokyo, he cleared the 1.86m. In the Rio Paralympics in 2016, Mariyappan won gold by clearing 1.89m. However, in Tokyo 2020 he lost the gold by a few inches to Grewe who cleared 1.88.
More jubilant news coming from #Paralympics as India’s 🇮🇳medal tally hits double digits. Our para-athletes #MariyappanThangavelu and #SharadKumar have won #silver & #bronze respectively in men’s high jump event. I congratulate them for the glory they have brought to the country. pic.twitter.com/FyiRltVL5a
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) August 31, 2021
In the same event, India athlete Sharad Kumar got a bronze medal by clearing 1.83m.
Men’s T64 Event
India para-athlete and debutant Praveen Kumar won a silver medal in Men’s High Jump T64 finals by clearing 2.07m. He missed the gold by 0.03m to J. Broom-Edwards of Great Britain who cleared 2.10. Yet, Praveen established a new Asian Record.
Going to the stadium was out of the question during Pandemic, so #Silver medalist at #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics Praveen KUMAR decided to dig a small pit and filled it with soft mud to reduce the impact on his knees on landing. #Athletics pic.twitter.com/0T8vVA7PiZ— Doordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) September 3, 2021
This is the fourth medal for India in the high jump, earlier para-athlete Nishad Kumar won silver in the T47 event, whereas Mariyappan Thangavelu and Sharad Kumar won Silver and bronze respectively in the T63 event.
Men’s 10m Air Pistol shooting
The 39 years old, Singhraj Adhana won a bronze medal during Men’s 10m Air Pistol shooting SH1 at Tokyo Paralympics 2021. During an interview, Singhraj said: “Shooting is an expensive sport, and it was not easy pursuing it. My wife sold her jewelry to support my shooting dream”.
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) August 31, 2021
Also in the Para Asian Games, 2018, Singhraj won a bronze medal. In Chateauroux World Cup 2018, he won a silver medal in an individual & a gold medal in a team match.
India earns another medal into the kitty in Men’s Archery individual recurve – open event. Indian para-archer Harvinder Singh won the bronze medal by winning in the bronze medal match. Earlier in the day, he lost in the semis to Keving Mather by 6-4.
Congratulations on this stellar achievement 🎯, @ArcherHarvinder.
To persist & also deliver in a high-pressure situation is the hallmark of a winner, and you exhibited both these qualities today. #Paralympics #PraiseForPara pic.twitter.com/6NeGa4JWmc
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 3, 2021
However, due to losing in the semis, he got another chance to compete for the bronze medal in the bronze medal match against Maik Szarszewski of Germany. Harvinder beat Maik by 6-2 to grab the bronze.
Mixed Gender 50m pistol SH1
On Saturday, 4th September 2021, Indian shooters bagged two more medals in mixed-gender 50m pistol shooting at Tokyo Paralympics. In the event, the teenage shooter Manish Narwal clinches gold for India and registered a Paralympic record by scoring 218.2 points.
After the news of Narwal’s gold broke out, overjoyed family and friends celebrated the achievement in style.
#WATCH | Haryana: Celebrations outside the residence of para-shooter Manish Narwal in Sahupura village, Faridabad, after he secured a gold medal in Shooting P4 Mixed 50m Pistol SH1, at #TokyoParalympics. pic.twitter.com/h2eOIFkn20— ANI (@ANI) September 4, 2021
In the same event, Singhraj Adhana scored 216.7 and won the silver medal, he now holds two Paralympic medals in shooting, earlier he won a bronze in men’s 10m Air Pistol event. S. Malyshev of RPC (Russian Paralympic Committee) managed to get a bronze medal by scoring 196.8 points
Kudos to Manish Narwal on winning 🥇and @AdhanaSinghraj bagging 🥈 in the Men’s 50m Pistol event.
Wishing our para athletes even more success and recognition in the future. pic.twitter.com/lH64zq5DK1
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 4, 2021
Day 11 of Paralympics indeed has proved good for India, today India won 4 medals, 2 both in Shooting and Badminton.
Men’s singles SL3 event
In the men’s single para-badminton SL3 event, two Indian para shuttlers, Pramod Bhagat and Manoj Sarkar were in the semifinals against D Fujihara (JPN) and D Bethell (GBR) respectively.
Pramod entered the final by beating Fujihara by 21/11 and 21/16. Pramod was against Bethell in the finals, he demonstrated a better game and won finals and the gold medal by beating Bethell by 21/14 and 21/17.
Whereas Manoj lost the semis to Bethell by 21/8 and 21/10, however, he got another chance to win the Paralympic medal by winning in the bronze medal match against Fujihara. In the Bronze medal match Manoj too performed well, he was able to beat Fujihara by 22/20 and 21/14 and grabbed the bronze medal.
India shines bright on the penultimate day of the #Paralympics
Pramod Bhagat scripts history winning gold🥇in Men’s singles badminton SL3 event while, Manoj Sarkar bags🥉
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) September 4, 2021
Men’s singles SH6 event
In the men’s single SH6 event, Indian para-shuttler Krishana Nagar was against K. Coombs of GBR in the semi-finals. He comfortably won the game by 21/10 and 21/11 and moved to the finals. In the final, he was against Chu M. K of China, both the Paralympians gave their best.
Nagar won the first game by 21/17, however, Chu won the second game by 21/16. The decider game was won by Nagar by 21/17 and eventually won’t the match, he grabbed the gold medal in the event.
Men’s singles SL4 event
In the men’s singles, SL4 event two of the Indian para-shuttlers, Suhas Yathiraj and Tarun were in the semis. Yathiraj won the semis aganst F. Setiawan of Indonesia. Yathiraj won the match comfortably by winning both games by 21/9 and 21/15 and made it into the finals of the event.
In the tough finals, Suhas was against L. Mazur of France. Yathiraj won the first game by 21/15, however, he lost the second and the decider game to Mazur by 21/17 and 21/15 respectively. He could not win the gold medal but his efforts were good enough to win the Silver medal at Paralympics.
On the other hand, Tarun was against L. Mazur. In the nailbiter match, Tarun lost to Mazur by 21/16, 16/21, and 21/18. Thereafter, Tarun got another chance to win the bronze medal in the match against F. Setiawan but unfortunately, he lost the match and the chance to win the bronze medals by 21/17 and 21/11.
Our performance this year at the #Paralympics has been nothing short of a fairytale & it is just the beginning.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 5, 2021