It turned out to be a super Sunday for the Indian contingent at Tokyo Paralympics 2020 as India bagged 2 silver medals and one 1 bronze medal on a fruitful day. It had never been the case that India had won 3 Paralympic medals on the same day. But Day 5 of the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 was such an occasion. The Indian contingent was put on the medal tally by paddler Bhavinaben Patel who settled for silver. After which, in the long jump event Nishad Kumar bounced back after making a slow start to overcome all obstacles and registered a silver against his name after a personal best jump of 2.06m.
Moreover, bronze medal was secured by Vinod Kumar in his own discipline. However, the Indian camp has confirmed that an opponent challenged Kumar’s medical classification, as a result of which his medal has been withheld for the time being. Further details are awaited on the same.
With a plethora of events on display for the fans in India, let us have a detailed look at the performance of each of them in different events on August 29 at Tokyo Summer Paralympics 2020 Games.
Performance of Indian Athletes on Day 5 of Tokyo Paralympics 2020: August 29, Sunday
Archery- Women’s Individual Compound (1/16 Elimination)
Jyoti locked horns against Ireland’s Kerrie Louise Leonard where she won the first game but lost her way up-till the last and eventually lost to her opponent 141-137 as she bowed out of the elimination round.
Table Tennis- Women’s Single Class 4 Finals
Bhavinaben Patel was in action in the gold medal match against the opponent who already beat her in the group stage, Zhou Ying of China. The latter showcased her dominance again as Patel settled for silver but ensured India’s presence on the medal tally. Patel lost 7-11 5-11 6-11 to Zhou, a two-time gold medalist. Moreover, this was India’s first ever medal in the sport of Table Tennis.
Archery- Mixed Team Compound Quarter Finals
Indian archers Jyoti and Rakesh Kumar were behind after the first two games, but bounced back in style to clinch the match as they defeated the Thailand duo 147-141. After which, Jyoti and Kumar locked horns against the Turkish contingent, the latter got the better of them by a whisker 153-151.
Athletics- Men’s Discuss Throw Finals
In the men’s discuss throw event, Vinod Kumar's first five attempts read- 17.46, 18.32, 17.80, 19.12, 19.91. In addition, his sixth attempt was 19.81 after which he slipped from the second position to the third only to settle for the bronze medal. However, the Indian camp has confirmed that an opponent challenged Kumar’s medical classification, as a result of which his medal has been withheld for the time being.
Athletics- Men’s High Jump Finals
Two of India’s athletes, Nishad Kumar and Ram Pal were in action in this event. First it was Pal who achieved his personal best jump of 1.94m, but failed to clear the 1.98m mark on all three attempts. However, Nishad Kumar was in no mood to settle for anything less as he cleared 2.02m and secured his silver and India’s second silver on Day 5.