India at Tokyo Paralympics: 5 standout performers for India at the Paralympic Games ft. Krishna Nagar, Avani Lekhara – India enjoyed their best-ever campaign in history with para-athletes bagging as many as 19 medals in the Tokyo Paralympics. The Games saw the Indian contingent record many firsts, break personal and world records as the athletes gave it their all in 12 days filled with heartfelt action in Tokyo. The record tally saw as many as five gold medallists and silver medals come India’s way, out winning the total medal count of all previous paralympic editions together.
Now with the Tokyo Paralympics coming to a close, here’s a look at the top five standout performers who brought Tokyo Paralympic medals home.
1. Avani Lekhara
The 19-year-old teenager became the first female Olympian or Paralympian to clinch a gold medal when she shot a world record 10m air rifle SH1 in Tokyo. She followed it up with a bronze medal at the 50m air rifle SH1 event, making her the first Indian female Paralympian to win two medals in Paralympics history. Lekhara has cited Abhinav Bindra as her inspiration and outdid the former Indian shooter’s performance at the Summer Games, scripting history and proving herself to be a champion athlete and an inspiration for the nation.
2. Sumit Antil
After Neeraj Chopra’s heroics at the Olympics, Sumit Antil repeated those exploits to add to India’s tally of Tokyo Paralympic medals. Antil broke the world record in his category thrice in five attempts to seal the gold medal, with a World Record throw of 68.55m. The Indian para-athlete’s dominance in the finals was a truly astonishing achievement, as he became the third javelin thrower after Joginder Singh Bedi and Devendra Jhajharia to win medals in Paralympic Games.
3. Manish Narwal
19-year-old Manish Narwal created the Paralympic record as he amassed 218.2 points to clinch the gold medal in the P4 – Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 final. Narwal is viewed as India’s next great paralympic shooting prospect and lived up to the hype when he added to India’s Tokyo Paralympic medals tally. The Tokyo Paralympics gold can only be looked up as a starting point for the shooter from Haryana, who has a bright future ahead of him.
India at Tokyo Paralympics: 5 standout performers for India at the Paralympic Games ft. Krishna Nagar, Avani Lekhara
4. Pramod Bhagat
Pramod Bhagat became India’s first para-shuttler to finish on the podium as he added the fourth gold to India’s Tokyo Paralympics medals tally. Bhagat won the final men’s singles SL3 category and was utterly dominant during the whole week, winning all his games as he made it to the summit clash. Bhagat set the benchmark for the Indian badminton contingent at the Tokyo Paralympics, with the sport making its debut.
5. Krishna Nagar
The final medallist of India’s Tokyo Paralympics campaign, Krishna Nagar lit up his category as he clinched the gold medal in an intense final. Nagar became the second player to win a badminton gold for India at the Paralympics, clinching India’s fifth gold medal in Tokyo.