Paralympic Games Tokyo/Life Stories of Medal Winners: In India, sports is a passion, a matter of pride and a matter of emotions for the citizens. But when we talk about the Olympic Games, we all know that we can’t imagine a medal in the past but the time is changing. Now the good news is that our government is investing in talents and they are performing well either we talk about Olympic Games and now in Paralympic Games. Our athletes are grabbing the medals in different categories and making us proud day by day.
The Olympic Games are over and the Paralympic Games are running in the Japanese city Tokyo. The event was held between 24th August 2021 and 5th September 2021 and Indian players have grabbed 19 medals in a total of which 5 are Gold medals, 8 Silver Medals and 6 Bronze Medals in different categories.
The complete list of Medals Indian players won till now are as follows.
|S. No.||Name of the Player||Medal Won||Sports Name|
|1||Sumit Antil||Gold||Men’s javelin throw F64|
|2||Avani Lekhara||Gold||Women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1|
|3||Avani Lekhara||Bronze||Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1|
|4||Devendra Jhajharia||Silver||Men’s javelin throw F46|
|5||Yogesh Kathuniya||Silver||Men’s discus throw F56|
|6||Nishad Kumar||Silver||Men’s high jump T47|
|7||Bhavinaben Patel||Silver||Women’s singles class 4 Table Tennis|
|8||Sundar Singh Gurjar||Bronze||Men’s javelin throw F46|
|9||Singhraj Adhana||Bronze||Men’s 10m Air Pistol (SH1)|
|10||Sharad Kumar||Bronze||Men’s High Jump T63|
|11||Mariyappan Thangavelu||Silver||Men’s High Jump T63|
|12||Praveen Kumar||Silver||Men’s High Jump T64|
|13||Manish Narwal||Gold||Mixed 50m pistol SH1 – Shooting|
|14||Pramod Bhagat||Gold||Badminton Men’s Singles SL3|
|15||Krishna Nagar||Gold||Badminton Men’s Singles SH6|
|16||Suhas Yathiraj||Silver||Badminton Men’s Singles SL4|
|17||Singhraj Adhana||Silver||P4 Mixed 50m pistol SH1 – Shooting|
|18||Harvinder Singh||Bronze||Archery Men’s Individual Recurve|
|19||Manoj Sarkar||Bronze||Badminton Men’s Singles SL3|
The Paralympic Games have been over and we have won 19 medals in our bucket. Now, start knowing about these players who are representing India at the world level.
Birth: July 6, 1998
Birth Place: Khewda, Sonipat, Haryana
Class of Disability: T64
Came from a Jat family of Haryana, Sumit is an amazing javelin thrower who participated in multiple national events in the past and now he has grabbed the gold medal in Paralympic Games. He got the disability in 2015 when he met an accident while riding a bike but he pursued his passion and now made everyone proud.
Birth: November 8, 2001
Birth Place: Jaipur, Rajasthan
Coach Name: Suma Siddharth Shirur
Avani was born in the pink city and was living a great life with her parents but in the year 2012, she met with a car accident and got complete paraplegia. But she never gave up and along with the motivation of her father she chose the career in sports. Currently, she is completing her education in law along with her sports career.
Birth: June 10, 1981
Birth Place: Churu, Rajasthan
Coach Name: Sunil Tanwar
Devendra is a true fighter as he came from a small district of Rajasthan as well as he got the disability because he touched an electric wire while climbing up a tree when he was just 8 years old. But he pursued his passion for sports and till now he has won multiple medals in different games.
Birth: March 3, 1997
Birth Place: Delhi, India
Class of Disability: F56
He is the son of Indian Army soldier Gyanchand Kathuniya and housewife Meena Devi. He got a fighting spirit from his father. When he was just 9 years old he suffered from Uillain-Barre syndrome but his mother never gave up and learnt physiotherapy and due to her hard work Yogesh regained muscle strength in 3 years. Later on, he pursued a career in sports and now he is creating his name at the international level.
Birth: October 3, 1999
Birth Place: Una, Himachal Pradesh
Class of Disability: T47
Nishad came from a small town of Himachal Pradesh and also he got a disability when he was 8 years old due to an accident but he fought hard and grabbed the medal in Paralympic Games, 2020.
Birth: November 6, 1986
Birth Place: Sundhiya, Mehsana, Gujarat
Coach Name: Nikul Patel
Bhavina Patel or Bhavinaben Patel or Bhavina Hasmukhbhai Patel comes from a small village in Gujarat. But she proved that determination and hard work pay you whatever you want and she grabbed a silver medal in Paralympic Games, Tokyo by playing table tennis in her wheelchair.
Sundar Singh Gurjar
Birth: January 1, 1996
Birth Place: Karauli, Rajasthan
Coach Name: Mahavir Prasad Saini
He is a true fighter as he lies from a small town of Rajasthan and now representing India at the international level. He won the Bronze medal in Men’s javelin throw F46 category.
Birth: January 26, 1982
Birth Place: Bahadurgarh, Haryana
Singhraj consists of a very interesting life story as you will be surprised to know that he started his shooting career at the age of 35. He comes from a lower-income family and he stated to PM Narendra Modi that “Shooting is an expensive sport, and it was not easy pursuing it. My wife sold her jewellery to support my shooting dream.”
Birth: March 1, 1992
Birth Place: Patna, Bihar
Class of Disability: T42
Sharad lies from the capital city of Bihar, Patna and he proved himself multiple times as he has won medals in multiple events for India. He got paralyzed when he was just 2 years old after getting medicine for spurious polio at the local eradication drive but he never gave up and chose sports as a career and now he is making Indians proud.
Birth: June 28, 1995
Birth Place: Periavadagampatti, Salem, Tamil Nadu
He fought and he conquered. Mariyappan lies from a small village of Tamil Nadu and hails from a family of six children and a single mother as his father abandoned his family when he was a toddler. Later on, when he was 5, he met with a bus accident. The bus driver crashed his leg below the knee when he was coming from school. But he fought and today he is representing India at the international level.
Birth: May 15, 2003
Birth Place: Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Class of Disability: T64
Praveen is a trained para athlete who suffered from the congenital impairment which is a medical condition that affects a person’s bones which connects the left leg and hips. But his determination brought him a silver medal in the Paralympic Games, Tokyo.
Birth: October 17, 2001
Birth Place: Faridabad, Haryana
Manish is a paralympic athlete who represented India in the Paralympic Games, Tokyo 2020 and won the Gold Medal in the Mixed 50m pistol SH1 – Shooting category. He is also the Arjuna Award winner 2020.
Birth: June 4, 1988
Birth Place: Hajipur, Vaishali, Bihar
Coach Name: Shiba Prasad Das
He hails from a big family of small town in Bihar and got the disability due to the defect in his left leg. But he never looked back and his determination towards sports made the Indians proud at the International stage. He has won many medals previously and his journey still continues.
Birth: January 12, 1999
Birth Place: Rajasthan
Coach Name: Gaurav Khanna
Krishna is a paralympic athlete from Rajasthan state who plays the Badminton sports and now he has won the Gold medal in this sport in the Paralympic Games, Tokyo 2020.
Birth: July 2, 1983
Birth Place: Hassan, Karnataka
Coach Name: Self
Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj is a paralympic player from the Karnataka state who represented India in Badminton in the recent Paralympic Games, Tokyo 2020 and won the Silver medal for India.
Birth: February 25, 1991
Birth Place: Ajitnagar, Kaithal, Haryana
He is an achiever and got the medal in archery for India in the Paralympic Games, Tokyo 2020. He hails from a very modest family of Haryana and got the disability due to adverse effects of medicine he got for treating dengue fever.
Birth: January 12, 1990
Birth Place: Rudrapur, Uttarakhand
Coach Name: Gaurav Khanna
Manoj got the disability of PPRP Lower Limb condition when he was just one year old but he never looked back and worked hard to master the game. Now, he has won the medal for India in the Paralympic Games, Tokyo 2020.