As the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 reaches its business end, the Indian contingent has already registered its best ever record in the history of these games. Day 10 at Tokyo started with 19-year-old shooting sensation Avani Lekhara securing her second medal at 2020 Paralympics games when she made an insane comeback from sixth position to third - defying all odds. With this feat she became the first ever Indian women to win two medals at the Paralympics games.
Next. Praveen Kumar’s determination saw him win a silver medal in the high jump event. He went onto register India’s 11th medal in these games. In addition, archer Harvinder Singh defeated Korea’s Min Su Kim to register India’s fifth bronze medal. However with a plethora of Indian athletes in action on Day 10 of the Tokyo Paralympics 2020, let us look upon the detailed performance of each.
Indian Athlete Performances on Day 10 of Tokyo Paralympics 2020 Games: Friday, September 3
Archery- Men’s Individual Recurve
Harvinder Singh had a memorable day as he went onto beat Italy’s Stefano Travisani in the 1/16 Eliminations. After which, he beat Germany’s Maik Szarszewski, followed by victories over USA’s Kevin Mather (Bronze Playoff Game) and Korea’s Min Su Kim to secure India’s fifth bronze medal.
The other archer in action was Chikara Vivek who secured a victory in the 1/16 Elimination match-up against his SriLanka counterpart. After which, he went onto lose his 1/8 elimination round match against Great Britain’s David Phillips.
Palak Kohli lost her quarter-finals game against Japan’s Kaede Kameyama in the Women’s Singles SU5 segment in straight sets 21-11, 21-15.
Indian Women shuttler duo Palak Kohli and Parul Parmar locked horns against French duo Faustine Noel and Lenaig Morin wherein the former lost 21-12, 22-20 to be knocked out from the group stage itself.
Krishna Nagar started his campaign on a positive note in the men’s singles (SH6) group stage game, with a 2-0 victory against Brazil’s Vitor Tavarez.
Suhas Yathiraj was in action in Men’s Singles and went onto make two wins in both his group matches. But went onto lose his third group stage game against France’s Lucas Mazur. However Yathiraj will be in action in his semi-final against Indonesia’s Fredy Setiawan tomorrow.
Another Indian shuttler participating in the Men’s Singles event was Tarun Dhillon who also endured the same fate as Yathiraj and lost his last group stage against Indonesia’s Fredy Setiawan. He too will in action in the semi-final game tomorrow against Lucas Mazur.
The last Indian shuttler to be in action in the Men’s Singles event was Manoj Sarkar, who won his group stage game against Ukraine’s Oleksandr Chyrkov. His next match is scheduled against Great Britain’s Daniel Bethell tomorrow.
In the mixed double badminton event, Pramod Bhagat and Palak Kohli went onto beat Thailand’s Siripong Teamarrom and Saensupa to book their semi-final birth. The former lost their first encounter against the dominating French duo of Noel and Lucas Mazur.
Swimming- Men’s 50m Butterfly
After remarkable performances by the shuttlers, the Indian swimmers were not as impressive as per the expectations as both Suyash Narayan Jadhav (fifth in heat) and Niranjan Mukundan (last in heat) failed to qualify for the finals.
Canoe Sprint- Women’s Va’a Single 200m
With Prachi Yadav competing in the finals, she only managed to finish last, clocking 1:07.329.
Athletics- Men’s High Jump
With Jonathan Broom Edwards clinching the gold medal in this event with a season best score. India’s Praveen Kumar was ever so close in his second attempt to clear the bar of 2.10m. But having failed, he had to settle for a silver medal.
Athletics- Men’s Shot Put
In the F57 segment, India’s Soman Rana was a whisker to clinch a bronze medal as he finished 4th in the finals.
Athletics- Women’s Club Throw
With two of Indian athletes in action in this particular event, Kashish Lakra finished 6th whereas Ekta Bhayan finished last in the finals.
Shooting- Women’s R8-Women’s 50m Air Rifle
Having won a gold medal earlier, 19-years-old Avani Lekhara refused to bow out of the competition without securing another medal. After being on the sixth position after six series, Lekhara made a stunning comeback and finished with a tally of 445.9 points to secure a bronze medal.
In the R7-Men’s 50m Air Rifle event, Deepak Saini was also in action but he failed to put in a notable performance.