From Avani Lekhara To Sumit Antil: A Look At India's Medal Winners So Far At Tokyo Paralympics 2020

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From Avani Lekhara To Sumit Antil: A Look At India's Medal Winners So Far At Tokyo Paralympics 2020
31 Aug 2021
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Not just one or two, within the first six days India brings a total of seven medals including two golds, in Tokyo Para-Olympics, 2021. India's contingent of para-athletes has indeed surpassed all their previous results at the Paralympic Games as they reached a milestone seven medal haul at Tokyo 2021.

Young shooter Avani Lekhara started the country's best-ever Paralympics medal tally by winning a historic gold medal in the women's 10m air rifle standing SH1 category final in Tokyo and becoming the first Indian woman to win a Paralympic and become an Olympic gold medalist in the history of Indian sports at just 19 years of age.

Then comes the 23-year-old star para-javelin thrower Sumit Antil, who become a Paralympic Gold medalist in his initial arrival at the quadrennially held event by beating his own world record three times in the F64 event.

Besides these two gold winners of India, here comes Yogesth Kathuniya, who won silver in the Men's Discus F56 event, and expert javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia, who finalized his 3rd Paralympic silver medal in the men's javelin F46 category. Super Indian para-paddler Bhavina Patel won the first medal, opening the country's medal tally at the Tokyo Paralympics by finalizing a silver in the women's singles Table Tennis C4 event. Nishad Kumar increased India's medal tally as he again won silver in Men's High Jump T47 category. Last but not the least, Sundar Singh Gurjar came forward with a bronze medal in javelin F46 again. 

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