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Asian Para Games: Pranav Soorma leads India to historic 1-2-3 in men’s club throw-F51 final

Asian Para Games: Pranav Soorma leads India to historic 1-2-3 in men’s club throw-F51 final

Earlier in the day, India won gold and silver in the men's high jump-T63 event as well at the Asian Para Games.

Team India claimed a historic 1-2-3 in the men’s club throw-F51 final at the Asian Para Games, to kick off the medal rush on Monday. Pranav Soorma not only bagged the gold but also broke the Games record with a massive throw of 30.01m. He was closely followed by compatriots Dharambir and Amit Saroha, who had best throws of 28.76m and 26.93m, respectively.

Earlier in the day, India’s dominance in athletics at the ongoing Asian Para Games was showcased by Shailesh Kumar and Mariyappan Thangavelu, who clinched gold and silver medals, respectively, in the Men’s High Jump-T63 event.

Shailesh touched 1.82m to claim the gold medal, besting his national compatriot and Asian record holder in Men’s High Jump-T42, Mariyappan, by 0.2m. He settled for silver with his season-best attempt of 1.80m.

On the other hand, Prachi Yadav clinched a silver medal in canoeing in the women’s VL2 Final and opened India’s account. Prachi gave Uzbekistan’s Irodakhon Rustamova a run for her money as both athletes were separated by a timing of 1.022s.

Prachi secured a silver medal finish by clocking 1:03.47s while Irodakhon claimed the gold medal with a timing of 1:02.125s. Japan’s Saki Komatsu walked away with a bronze medal with a timing of 1:11.635s.

India will be hoping to surpass their best performance of 72 medals at the 2018 event in Indonesia, consisting of 15 gold, 24 silver and 33 bronze medals.

The historic performance by the Indian contingent of winning 107 medals at the just concluded Asian Games has fuelled the athletes, coaches, and support staff with a belief that the 4th Asian Para Games will break many records and will be the most successful one in history of Para Games in the country.

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