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Asian Para Games: India sweep podium in men’s discus throw F54/55/56 event

Asian Para Games: India sweep podium in men’s discus throw F54/55/56 event

India swept the men’s discus throw-F54/55/56 podium in the Hangzhou Asian Para Games on Tuesday as India’s Neeraj Yadav, Yogesh Kathuniya and Muthuraja claimed gold, silver and bronze medals respectively in the event. Neeraj won a gold medal with a Personal Best throw of 38.56m (1014 points as per the Raza scaling system to secure). […]

India swept the men’s discus throw-F54/55/56 podium in the Hangzhou Asian Para Games on Tuesday as India’s Neeraj Yadav, Yogesh Kathuniya and Muthuraja claimed gold, silver and bronze medals respectively in the event. Neeraj won a gold medal with a Personal Best throw of 38.56m (1014 points as per the Raza scaling system to secure). Kathuniya with a throw of 42.13 bagged silver while Muthuraja with a throw of 35.06 secured bronze.

Meanwhile, Rubina Francis clinched a bronze medal in P2 – Women’s 10m Air Pistol SH1 Final Event. Indian runner Makanahalli Shankarappa Sharath blazed towards victory in the Men’s 5000m T13 event, clocking an impressive 20:18.90 for a gold medal. Earlier, Deepthi Jeevanji bagged a gold medal in the women’s 400m-T20, setting a new Asian Para record and games record.

Deepthi, with a record timing of 56.69s, secured a top podium finish ahead of Thailand’s Orawan Kaising who gave her personal best time of 59.00s and still had to settle for silver. Japan’s Niina Kanno bagged a bronze by clocking her personal best of 59.73s. In the men’s 400m-T64 final, Ajay Kumar gave his personal best timing of 54.85s to clinch a silver medal. Saudi Arabia’s Nour Mohammed broke the Asian Para record with a timing of 52.81s. Thailand’s Jafa Seapla settled for bronze with a timing of 55.09s.

Earlier in the day, Manish Kaurav clinched a bronze medal in the Canoe Men’s KL3 Final event to open India’s medal count on Day 2. Manish clocked 44.605s to secure a podium finish falling short of the gold by just 2.347s. Uzbekistan’s Khasan Kuldashev bagged the gold medal with a timing of 42.258s. While Kazakhstan’s Zhalgas Taikenov settled for a silver medal with a timing of 44.605s.

India’s Prachi Yadav clinched a gold medal in the Canoe women’s KL2 event on Day 2 after securing a silver on Day 1 in the women’s VL2 final. The Indian contingent will be keen to replicate the success of Day 1 as they ended with 17 medals – 6 gold, 6 silver and 5 bronze.

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This time India has sent 303 athletes – 191 men and 112 women – to the fourth edition of the Asian Para Games which is the largest contingent to the continental event. At the 2018 Asian Para Games, India sent a total of 190 athletes and returned with 72 medals, including 15 gold, for their best performance at the quadrennial event.

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