Indian Paralympic Winners 2021
The recent Tokyo Paralympics 2021 was a historic event from an Indian perspective. Just like the Olympics 2021, this edition of the Paralympics will never be unforgettable. India ended the event by claiming a total of 8 gold medals, 8 silver medals, 6 bronze medals and marked the country’s best year in the Paralympics to date.
The medal count of India jumped the double-figure mark for the first time in a single edition, achieving an extraordinary feat. Let us have a look at Indian athletes who shined brighter than a star in the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2021 and brought home a medal-
Krishna Nagar - Gold In Badminton
The 22-year-old Krishna Nagar made sure that the last day of the Tokyo Paralympics 2021 concluded on a victorious note. The Rajasthan born badminton player put up an outstanding show to defeat Hong Kong’s Man Kai Chu in three games in the men's singles SH6 class final. Krishna Nagar ensured his unbeatable run in Tokyo with a 21-17, 16-21, 21-17 scoreline and became a part of Paralympic winners of India.
Pramod Bhagat - Gold in Badminton
The ruling world champion shuttler Pramod Bhagat registered a historic win at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2021 by clinching a gold in the men’s singles SL3 class. With badminton introduced this year in the tournament, the current world no. 1 champion became the first Indian to win a gold in the sport. Pramod Bhagat showed great mettle he prevailed 21-14, 21-17
against Great Britain's Daniel Bethell in the exciting finals that lasted over 45-minutes and became one of the Indian Paralympic winners.
Manish Narwal - Gold In Shooting
Manish Narwal bagged India's third gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics 2021 in the P4 Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 event and registered his name in the list of Paralympic winners of India. The Haryana born athlete showcased a smashing performance in his Games debut this year and also holds a world record in the category. The 19-year-old Manish Narwal has an impairment in his right hand.
Avani Lekhara - Gold And Bronze In Shooting
Avani Lekhara not only bagged a gold medal at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2021 but also set a new paralympic record with an equalling total of 249.6. She became the first woman ever to be on the list of Indian Paralympic winners. Jaipur born Avani Lekhara rose to the top by edging the 2016 Rio Games gold medal winner, Cuiping Zhang of China. She also became the first Indian woman to bag two Paralympic medals by winning a bronze medal as well.
Sumit Antil - Gold In Javelin Throw
With an awe-inspiring maiden performance at the Games this year, Sumit Antil made it to the list of Paralympic winners of India. The 23-year-old set a new world record at the Tokyo Paralympics 2021 by throwing the spear at a distance of 68.55 m which was the best of the day. Sumit Antil was a wrestler before he was involved in a motorbike accident in 2015 that resulted in him losing the lower part of his left leg.
Praveen Kumar - Silver In High Jump
Praveen Kumar made a wonderful debut at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2021 and also broke our country’s two-day medal drought by winning the silver medal in the men's high jump T64 event on 3rd September. Not only did he bag a silver medal, but also set a new Asian record with a 2.07 m jump. Praveen Kumar delivered his breathtaking maiden performance and became the youngest of the Indian Paralympic winners.
Mariyappan Thangavelu - Silver In High Jump
Mariyappan Thangavelu became the third Indian to win multiple medals after Joginder Singh Bedi and Devendra Jhajharia. The 26-year-old Indian athlete cleared 1.86 m to win a silver medal in the men's high jump T42 event in the Tokyo Paralympics 2021. The Tamil Nadu born Mariyappan Thangavelu had suffered permanent disability when he was five as a drunk bus driver ran over his right leg, crushing his knee and leaving him with a permanent disability. He had won a gold medal in the Rio Games five years ago and became one of the Paralympic winners of India in 2021.
Devendra Jhajharia - Silver In Javelin Throw
Rajasthan born javelin throw veteran Devendra Jhajharia bagged his third Paralympic medal at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2021. He pulled off his new personal best throw of 64.35 m and became a part of the Indian Paralympic winners by winning a silver medal in the F46 classification. 46-year-old Devendra Jhajharia lost his left hand after he accidentally touched a live wire at the age of eight. He plays in the F46 classification reserved for athletes with arm deficiency, impaired muscle power or impaired passive range of movement in the arms.
Bhavinaben Patel - Silver In Table Tennis
The 24-year-old Bhavinaben Patel became the second Indian woman to clinch a silver medal at the Tokyo Paralympics 2021. She was up against Chinese paddler Ying Zhou in the women’s singles table tennis class 4 final and marked her entry amongst the Paralympic winners of India. Hailing from Gujarat, Bhavinaben Patel was diagnosed with polio when she was 12 months old and is trained by her husband Nikul Patel.
Nishad Kumar - Silver In High Jump
Nishad Kumar bagged the second medal, a silver, at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2021. He made it to the list of Indian Paralympic winners in the men’s high jump T47 event with an Asian record effort of 2.06 m. The 21-year-old Nishad Kumar met with an accident at the young age of eight that resulted in the loss of his right hand.
Yogesh Kathuniya - Silver In Discus Throw
24-year-old Yogesh Kathuniya threw the disc to the best distance of 44.38 m in his last attempt and grabbed a silver medal in the F56 classification at the Tokyo Paralympics 2021. The son of an Army man won the second medal for India on 30th August and became one of the Paralympic winners of India. Yogesh Kathuniya suffered from a paralytic attack when he was eight which left him with coordination impairments in his limbs.
Suhas Yathiraj - Silver In Badminton
Another silver medal was added on the last day of the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2021 by Suhas Yathiraj. The IAS officer became one of the Indian Paralympic winners against no. 1 player of France, Lucas Mazur. Suhas Yathiraj is appointed as a District Magistrate in Noida and suffers from an impairment in one of his ankles.
Singhraj Adhana - Silver And Bronze In Shooting
Singhraj Adhana made his Games debut at the Tokyo Paralympics 2021 and showcased an outstanding performance. He became one of the Paralympic winners of India this year by claiming a silver and bronze medal in the P1 men's 10m air pistol SH1 event. By achieving this feat, he wrote his name in gold in the list of Indians who have won multiple medals in the same edition of the games. Hailing from Haryana, Singhraj Adhana suffers from polio and started the sport only four years ago.
Harvinder Singh - Bronze In Archery
Hailing from Haryana, Harvinder Singh became the first Indian athlete to register his name in the list of Indian Paralympic winners as the first Indian archer. He won a bronze medal in archery at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2021 by beating Kim Min Su of Korea with a score of 6-5 (26-24, 27-29, 28-25, 25-25, 26-27) (10-8). At the age of approximately 2 years, Harvinder Singh was diagnosed with dengue and a local doctor administered him an injection that had an opposite effect and his legs stopped functioning.
Sharad Kumar - Bronze In High Jump
Sharad Kumar became a part of Paralympic winners of India by fetching a bronze medal in the men’s high jump T42 event with a jump of 1.83 m. The Patna born athlete is also a coach at the Sports Authority of India. Sharad Kumar trained in Ukraine for three years from 2017 to participate in the Tokyo Paralympics 2021. The 29-year-old Indian athlete had suffered from paralysis at the age of two in his left leg after being given a false polio vaccine dose.
Sundar Singh Gurjar - Bronze In Javelin Throw
It was a proud moment for the entire nation when athlete Sundar Singh Gurjar finished behind Devendra Jhajharia and claimed a bronze medal in the men’s javelin throw F46 final. The 25-year-old athlete made it to the list of Indian Paralympic winners at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2021 by pitching a 64.01 m throw. Rajasthan born Sundar Singh Gurjar competed in the general category until 2015 but met with an accident that led to the amputation of his left hand’s wrist.
Manoj Sarkar - Bronze In Badminton
Shuttler Manoj Sarkar bagged a bronze medal by defeating Japan’s Daisuke Fujihara in the third-place play-off. The 31-year-old athlete displayed great strength as he went on to win by 22-20, 21-13 and made it to the list of Paralympic winners of India of Tokyo Paralympics 2021.