Safe to say, the Indian contingent is showcasing is true potential every passing day in the Tokyo Paralympics Summer Games 2020. After a breathtaking set of performances on Monday, Day 7 saw nerves of steel from some Indian athletes. Track and Field seems to be the sporting category in which India have stomped their dominance so far and in the long jump (sports class: T63,) Mariyappan Thangavelu and Sharad Kumar ensured a silver and bronze medal respectively.
Earlier in the day, Singhraj Adana held his nerves to ensure a third medal by winning a bronze in the Men's 10m Air Pistol SH1 Final. On the other hand, India’s marquee archer Rakesh Kumar had to face a nail-biting defeat at the hands of Xinliang Al of China. With a total of six events consisting of Indian athletes taking place on Day 7, let us take a detailed look upon each of their performances.
India at Tokyo Paralympics 2020 Summer Games: August 31, Tuesday
Shooting- Men’s 10m Air Pistol
In the Sports Class of SH1, Singhraj Adani was in action, wherein he was terrific throughout first five series shots. After trailing by just 0.2 points to China’s Chao Yang, Singhraj managed to retain the no.2 spot in the second series as well to secure his place in the top 3. With two shots remaining, Singhraj secured his bronze medal after a neck to neck competition with his Chinese counterpart.
Meanwhile the Indian shooter who topped the qualification, Manish Narwal bowed out of the eliminations.
Shooting- Women’s 10m Air Pistol
Another Indian athlete who stepped in the shooting event on Day 7 was Rubina Francis. She was eventually the second personnel to be eliminated in the finals after 14 shots.
Athletics- Women’s Shot Put
India has been so dominant throughout the track and field events at Tokyo Paralympics 2020 games but Bhagyashri Jadhav missed out on a medal as she finished seventh. Even after she threw her personal best throw of 7 m.
Archery- Men’s Individual Compound (1/8 Elimination)
Rakesh Kumar, who was expected to one of the Indian athletes to secure a medal at Tokyo Paralympics, bowed out against China’s Xinliang Ai in the quarter-finals match.
Tables Tennis- Women’s Doubles
In the quarter final match, Bhavina Patel and Sonal Patel lost a one-sided match against China’s Y Zhou and B Zhang 0-3.
Athletics- Men’s High Jump
Lastly, in the sports class: T63 event, Sharad Kumar, Varun Singh Bhati and Mariyappan Thangavelu were in action. Wherein the former settled for bronze, but Thangavelu fought till the very end to clinch the top spot along with USA’s Sam Grewe. After both of them failed to clear 1.88m in the first two attempts, it looked like the gold medal was about to be shared until Grewe cleared the bar on his third and final attempt.