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WATCH: Deethi Jeevanji set new Asian Para record to win gold in Women’s T20 400m

WATCH: Deethi Jeevanji set new Asian Para record to win gold in Women’s T20 400m

Deepthi Jeevanji won India's seventh gold medal at the Asian Para Games with a record timing of 56.69s in Women's 400m

The gold medal rush continues at the Asian Para Games 2023. Indian Athlete Deepthi Jeevanji bagged a historic gold medal in the 400m, setting a Para Asian record on Tuesday, 24th October. Deepthi, with a record timing of 56.69s, secured a top podium finish. With this she bagged the seventh gold medal for the country in this edition.

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Deepthi finished ahead of Thailand’s Orawan Kaising who gave her personal best time of 59.00s. The Thai still had to settle for silver at the Asian Para Games. Japan’s Niina Kanno bagged a bronze by clocking her personal best of 59.73s.

T20 is a disability sport classification for disability athletics in track and jump events. It broadly covers athletes with intellectual disabilities. Deepthi Jeevanji hails from Telengana. Meanwhile, her countrymate Pooja was disqualified from the event.

Asian Para Games – Ajay Kumar wins silver medal

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.

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. 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.

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