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Tokyo Paralympics: India ends Day 6 on historic five Medal High; Prez, VP, PM laud medal winning para-athletes

Updated: August 31, 2021 2:59 pm

In Tokyo Paralympics, India ended Day 6 on a historic five Medal High. India secured its 2nd Gold medal as Sumit Antil sets a new world record yesterday to win gold medal in the men’s javelin throw (F64) event at Tokyo. With the best throw of 68.85 metres in the final, he took India’s medal count to seven.

Earlier, Indian shooter Avani Lekhara created history by winning gold medal in the Women’s 10 metre Air Rifle shooting event at Tokyo Paralympics yesterday. The 19-year-old became the first woman from India to win a Paralympics gold medal.

Yogesh Kathuniya clinched Silver medal in Men’s Discus Throw after registering his season-best attempt of 44.38 metre.

While Devendra Jhajharia won Silver medal, Sundar Singh Gurjar bagged Bronze in the men’s Javelin Throw.

Devendra Jhajharia grabbed Silver with a personal best throw of 64.35. This was also his third medal at Paralympic Games. Sundar captured bronze with a season-best throw of 62.58.

The President, the Vice President and the Prime Minister have congratulated Sumit Antil on winning Gold Medal in javelin throw at the Tokyo Paralympics.

In a tweet, President Ram Nath Kovind said, Sumit Antil’s historic performance in javelin throw is a moment of great pride for the country. Mr Kovind said, every Indian is elated to hear the national anthem at the podium.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said, India is on a medal-winning spree on Monday. He said, Indian Paralympians have made the entire nation proud.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, Indian athletes continue to shine at the Paralympics. He telephoned Sumit Antil and congratulated him for a historic performance. The Prime Minister told him that he made the nation proud and youngsters would be inspired by him.

Youth Affairs, Sports and Information and Broadcasting Minster Anurga Thakur posted the emotional video of Sumit while talking to the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister has congratulated Shooter Avani Lekhara on winning Gold Medal at Tokyo Paralympics. Prime Minister  spoke to Avani Lekhara and said this win is a matter of great pride. Avani expressed happiness at the support she has received from the entire nation.

The Prime Minister has congratulated Devendra Jhajharia on winning Silver medal in Javeline throw at Paralympics. The Prime Minister also had a telephonic conversation with him. He acknowledged Devendra’s rich efforts and said since he hails from the land of Great Maharana Pratap he excels in javelin throw. Devendra dedicated his medal to his family members for their support.

Congratulating Sundar Singh Gurjar for winning Bronze, Mr Modi said, India is overjoyed by the Bronze medal won by Sundar Singh Gurjar. During the telephonic conversation, the Prime Minister said, his performance was fantastic.

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