Sunday, August 29, is going to be a memorable day for the history of Indian sports, courtesy the country's performance at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020. India, who failed to bag a medal in the first four days of the event, put up a sensational show on Sunday to bag as many as two silver medals by the time of writing the news (6pm IST).
The day for India started with Bhavina Patel's silver. Though the table tennis player lost to world no 1 Zhou Ying 7-11, 5-11, 6-11 in the final of Class 4 table tennis event, her entry for the final had already assured India of a medal a day before. The game, which lasted for more than 20 minutes, saw Bhavina struggle in the first two set. She tried to force a comeback in the third game but eventually lost the contest. Things didn't end as expected for the Indian player, but she made sure the country had a lot to rejoice with its first medal at the 2020 Paralympics.
To add cherry on the cake, India's Nishad Kumar put up a sensational effort to bag a silver in High Jump T47 at Tokyo Paralympics 2020 on the very same day. He finished the event at joint-second place with USA's Dallas Wise, both of them ending at 2.06m mark. Meanwhile, Townsend Roderick of USA bagged gold with 2.15m.
Watch Nishad's performance here:
PM Narendra Modi lauds Nishad Kumar
Amid all the congratulatory wishes, Nishad also received praise from PM Narendra Modi for his landmark achievement. "More joyful news comes from Tokyo! Absolutely delighted that Nishad Kumar wins the Silver medal in Men’s High Jump T47. He is a remarkable athlete with outstanding skills and tenacity. Congratulations to him. #Paralympics," wrote the leader on Twitter.
Earlier, the PM had also praised Bhavina Patel for her glory at the Paralympics. "The remarkable Bhavina Patel has scripted history! She brings home a historic Silver medal. Congratulations to her for it. Her life journey is motivating and will also draw more youngsters towards sports. #Paralympics," PM Modi had written on the microblogging site.