Tokyo Paralympics: India registered its best-ever medal tally in the Japanese capital, bringing home 19 medals, 15 more than their previous count. As many as 5 gold medals were won and 8 silver medals came the country’s way.
India has created history at the Tokyo Paralympics, returning home with as many as 19 medals, their best-ever tally in a single edition of the Paralympics by far. With as many as 5 gold medals, 8 silver medals, and 6 bronze medals, finishing inside the top 25 at the Para Games in the Japanese capital.
India’s tally of 19 is also the country’s best at a multi-spot world event, going past the tally of 13 registered at the Summer Youth Olympics in 2018. The record tally in Paralympics comes after the able-bodied athletes scripted history at the Tokyo Olympics, winning 7 medals, their best-ever tally at the Olympics.
India finished inside the top 25 in the medal table at the Tokyo Paralympics, going past their previous-best by 15 medals.
From its first-ever Paralympics in 1968 to 2016, India had won 12 medals but the bar has been set high by the para-athletes as they return home with a staggering tally of 19. In fact, India had only 19 athletes at the Rio Paralympics where they won 4 medals.
A lot was expected of India’s largest contingent at the Paralympics — a 54 strong unit — and the para-athletes lived up to the hype, winning medals at will in Tokyo.
It all started with a table tennis medal with Bhavinaben Patel becoming the first Indian to win a table tennis medal at the Paralympics. It ended with two badminton players winning medals as Krishna Nagar won a historic gold in the men’s singles SH6 category and Suhas Yathiraj, an IAS officer, winning silver in the SL4 category.
Full list of India’s medalists from the Tokyo Paralympics
Avani Lekhara – Gold – Women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1
Pramod Bhagat – Gold – Men’s singles SL3 badminton
Krishna Nagar – Gold – Men’s singles SH6 badminton
Sumit Antil – Gold – Men’s Javelin Throw F64
Manish Narwal – Gold – Mixed 50m Pistol SH1
Bhavinaben Patel – Silver – Women’s Singles Class 4 Table Tennis
Singhraj – Silver – Mixed 50m Pistol SH1
Yogesh Kathuniya – Silver – Men’s Discus F56
Nishad Kumar – Silver – Men’s High Jump T47
Mariyappan Thangavelu – Silver – Men’s High Jump T63
Praveen Kumar – Silver – Men’s High Jump T64
Devendra Jhajharia – Silver – Men’s Javelin F46
Suhas Yathiraj – Silver – Men’s Singles Badminton SL4
Avani Lekhara – Bronze – Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1
Harvinder Singh – Bronze – Men’s Individual Recurve Archery
Sharad Kumar- Bronze – Men’s High Jump T63
Sundar Singh Gurjar -Bronze- Men’s Javelin Throw F46
Manoj Sarkar – Bronze – Men’s Singles Badminton SL3
Singhraj – Bronze – Men’s 10m Air Pistol SH1
Sport-wise tally of India’s medals at Tokyo Paralympics
Athletics – 8
Shooting – 5
Badminton – 4
Archery – 1
Table Tenni – 1