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India celebrates National Sports Day with 3 medals from the Tokyo Paralympics

India had the best Sunday as well as National Sports Day it could ask for as they won a trio of medals at the Tokyo Paralympics to make merry!

Nishad Kumar, Bhavina Patel and Vinod Kumar at the Tokyo Paralympics

Nishad Kumar, Bhavina Patel and Vinod Kumar at the Tokyo Paralympics 


Sohinee Basu

Updated: 30 Aug 2021 7:57 AM GMT

India lapped up to a great Sunday after a long time and celebrated National Sports Day with true passion as the Indian para athletes put on a stunning show at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics, bringing home a trio of medals courtesy Bhavina Patel, Nishad Kumar and Vinod Kumar.

Fetching the glistening medals with their stunning efforts, the spirit of National Sports Day was perfectly encapsulated in the performances of these inspiring stars.

Beginning the day on a fantastic note, India's ace para table tennis star Bhavina Patel began proceedings by contesting in the gold medal match of the Women's Wheelchair Class 4 event against the Chinese top seed, Zhou Ying.

Showing brave spirit, Patel, who has been incredible in her debut outing at the Games and saw off the reigning Paralympic champion, Peric Borislava and defeated China's Miao Zhang, the silver medallist from Rio to earn a place in the finals, put Ying under pressure.

However, it was the 5-time Paralympic champion who prevailed as Bhavina rejoiced with a silver medal and opened India's medal book for the Tokyo Paralympics.

Nishad Kumar (Source: Paralympic Committee of India)

Keeping the mood perfectly sporty and silvery, it was Nishad Kumar, who brought the second medal home for the day. Winning the silver with a heroic attempt of 2.06m in the Men's High Jump T47 event, Nishad ensured it was his Personal Best as he won the silver medal.

Other than Nishad, two Americans bagged the other medals on offer in the event. While Roderick Townsend created a new World Record by leaping to 2.16m and winning gold, Wise Dallas shared Nishad's score of 2.06m and together, they shared the second place and also bagged the silver.

Vinod Kumar (Source: Paralympic Committee of India)

Finally, the third medal of the day arrived immediately after Nishad's silver win as the 41-year-old discus thrower Vinod Kumar won the bronze medal with a best throw of 19.91m at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics.

The talented athlete also set the Asian continental record on his way to the podium and further added more cheers to the spirit of National Sports Day!

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