THE RISE FROM THE ASHES•
Posted on October 11 2021
THE STORY OF THE PARALYMPICS TOKYO 2020
We all have heard life is a bad teacher that takes the test first and then teaches a lesson. Well, it’s not just merely a philosophy, it stands well in practical life. Everyone, today or tomorrow, sooner or later is going to face difficulties, where giving up is not an option and one should never look up to it in any case. Hello reader, today we bring you the story of our Paralympians who won medals at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 and made India proud. Our Paralympians won 5 gold medals, 8 silver medals and 6 bronze medals. Let us look at the rise from the ashes of these Indian Paralympians and learn the essence of life. How did life hit them hard? How they tackled it and marked their victory.
Avani was born on 8th November 2001 to a family in Rajasthan. In 2012, she met with an accident and lost her control over both legs due to damage of sensory and motor nerves, when she was 11 years old. Her father encouraged her for sports. Avani found her interest in rifle shooting.
She won two medals at the Summer Paralympics 2020 and became the first Indian athlete to do so. She is also the first woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games.
- Gold medal in 10m air rifle standing, at Paralympics 2020
- Bronze medal in 50m air rifle standing, at Paralympics 2020
Avani Lekhara tied the world record in the final round and set a new Paralympic record.
Sumit was born on 6th July 1998 to a family in Khewra Sonipat, Haryana. He met with an accident in 2015 while travelling through a motorbike, at the age of 17. Rajkumar, an Indian para-athlete is his mentor who guided him.
- Gold medal in the men’s F64 category, at Paralympics 2020
(Sets the new world record 68.55m which was his throw in the final)
- Silver medal at the 2019 World Para Athletics Grand Prix, Italy
- Silver medal at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships, Dubai
Manish Narwal was born on 17th October 2001 to a family in Faridabad, Haryana. He suffers from a congenital ailment in his right hand, due to which he had to leave playing football. On suggestions from a friend’s father, he adopted shooting.
- Gold medal in P4 mixed 50m Pistol SH1 event, at Paralympics 2020
(He set a new world record with 218.2 points)
- Gold medal at the 2021 Para Shooting World Cup in the P4 mixed pistol SH1 event, where he broke the world record.
Manish has been awarded the Arjuna Award for his excellent performance.
Pramod Bhagat was born on 4th June 1988 to a family in Odisha, India. He developed a defect in his left leg at the age of 5.
- Gold Medal in the para-badminton men’s singles SL3 event, at Paralympics 2020
- Total 8 gold medals at the international level
- Total 2 silver medals at the international level
- Total 5 bronze medals at the international level
He is presently ranked world No 1 in his category.
Krishna Nagar was born on 12th January 1999 to a family in Rajasthan. Krishna has a short-stature impairment and competes in SS6 and SH6 categories. He began practising badminton in 2014 and represented India at international levels.
- Gold medal in men’s singles SH6 class badminton, at Summer Paralympics 2020
- Silver medal in men’s double SS6 category, at the 2019 World Championships
- Bronze medal in men’s single SS6 category, at the 2019 World Championships
Bhavinaben Patel was born to a family in Mehsana, Gujrat. She was the first Indian Paralympian to win a medal at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 and launch a grand opening with a silver medal. She cannot walk due to polio and competes in a wheelchair.
- Silver medal in the women’s singles table tennis class 4, at Paralympics 2020
- Silver medal in the 2011 individual category at the PTT Thailand Table Tennis Championship
- Silver medal in the 2013 Asian Para Table Tennis Championships
- Bronze medal in the 2017 Asian Para Table Tennis Championships
Nishad Kumar was born on 3rd October 1999 to a family in Una, Uttarakhand. He lost his right hand in an accident, at the age of 8.
- Silver medal in the men’s high jump T47, at Paralympics 2020
(He sets a new Asian record with 2.06m jump)
- Bronze medal in the men’s T47 category, at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships
- Gold medal in T46 Category in the World Para Athletics Grand Prix held in 2021
Yogesh was born on 3rd March 1997. His father is an Indian soldier. He suffered from a neurological disorder, Guillain-Barre Syndrome when he was 9 years old and could not even walk. His mother, Meena Devi learned physiotherapy and through her efforts, Yogesh was able to walk again.
- Silver medal in the men’s discus throw F56 event, at Paralympics 2020
- He set a world record in the F36 category at the 2018 World Para Athletics European Championships, in 2018.
He started playing in 2017 and with great efforts soon made his space in this tough competition.
Devendra Jhajharia was born on 10th June 1981. While climbing a tree, at the age of 8, he touched a live electric wire due to which doctors had to amputate his left hand.
- Silver medal in the F46 category, at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020
- Gold medals in the 2004 Paralympics
- Gold medals in the 2016 Rio Paralympics
- Gold medals in the 2013 IPC World Championships
- Silver medal in the 2015 IPC World Championships
- Silver medal in the 2014 Asian Para Games
He is the first Indian Paralympian to win two gold medals in the Paralympics.
Mariyappan Thangavelu was born on 28th June 1995 to a family in Salem district, Tamil Nadu. He lost his father at a young age and is raised by a single parent. At the age of 5, he suffered from complete disability in his right leg, as a drunk bus driver ran over his leg. Apart from his disability, Mariyappan has also struggled with financial crises.
- Silver medal in men’s high jump T-42 category at the Summer Paralympics 2020
- Gold medal at the Rio Paralympics in 2016
- Bronze medal at the World Para Athletics Championships in 2019
He is awarded
- Arjuna Award
- Padma Shri Award
- Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award
Singhraj was born on 26th January 1982 to a family in Faridabad, Haryana. He is suffering from polio. He started shooting on the recommendation of a coach at the sports academy when he used to drop his child and nephew there. It’s amazing to know that Singhraj started playing just 4 years ago.
- Silver medal in the mixed 50m pistol SH1, at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020
- Bronze medal in the men’s P1 10m air pistol SH1, at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020
- Gold Medal in P4 Team at the Chateauroux World Cup in 2018
- Silver Medal in P4 individual at the Chateauroux World Cup in 2018
Singhrai has bagged several medals for India in mixed and individual at the international level.
Praveen Kumar was born on 15th May 2003 to a family in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. He suffers from an impairment in his leg. This was the first appearance of this young Paralympian. He is the youngest Paralympian to win a medal at the 2020 Paralympics contingent of India.
- Silver medal in Men’s high jump T64 category, at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020
- Silver medal in the junior para world championships, in 2019
Suhas Yathiraj belongs to Uttar Pradesh. He is an IAS officer and Noida District Magistrate. He is the first serving Indian bureaucrat to represent and win a gold medal at the international level. He is ranked world No. 2 in his category. Apart from dominance in the sports field, Yathiraj has cracked the toughest exam of India and is great in the administrative field too.
- Silver medal in para-badminton men’s singles SL4 event, at the Tokyo Paralympics
- Total 5 gold medals at the international level
- Total 5 silver medals at the international level
- Total 8 bronze medals at the international level
SUNDAR SINGH GURJAR
Sundar Singh Gurjar was born on 1st January 1996 to a family in Karauli, Rajasthan. His left wrist has been amputated. Gurjar competes in the F46 category in three different sports: javelin throw shot put and discus throw. Not only this he has won gold medals in all the sports at the FAZZA IPC Athletics Grand Prix, in 2017.
- Bronze medal in the F46 category Javelin throw, at the Tokyo Paralympics
- Silver medal at the 2018 Asian Para Games in the javelin
- Bronze medal at the 2018 Asian Para Games in the discus throw
Sharad was born on 1st March 1992 to a family in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. Just a small mistake caused great harm to Sharad Kumar at the age of two. He was administered spurious polio medicine which left his left leg paralysed. He started playing when he was in class 7 and while competing with able-bodied students he broke school and district records.
- Bronze medal in the men’s high jump T42 event at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020
- Silver medal in the 2017 IPC World Championships
In 2014, Sharad broke the world record and was ranked World No. 1
Harvinder Singh finished on the podium at the third position and won a bronze in the Summer Paralympic Games 2020, not only that, this is the first Olympics medal in archery. Harvinder Singh belongs to Punjab and has won several medals for India, but this was for the first time when he made his place in Paralympics, giving great glory to India, bringing the first-ever Olympic medal to the country.
He is awarded
- Arjuna Award
- Padma Shri Award
Manoj Sarkar was born in Uttrakhand. A wrong administration of medicines at the age of one destroyed the life of Manoj, he suffers from PPRP lower limb condition. He is presently ranked world No 2 in his category. He has won several medals at the national and international levels.
- Bronze medal in a para-badminton men’s singles SL3 event, at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020
- Total 4 gold medals at the international level
- Total 2 silver medals at the international level
- Total 7 bronze medals at the international level
These Paralympians are giving a strong message that nothing is impossible to achieve if you work hard. Your desire to succeed is going to make you successful, no matter how hard the phase is, you need to and should stay strong. The basic reason for their progress is their dedication and perspective of life. It has been for the first time that Indian athletes have won two medals together in the same event and that also three times in a single Paralympics.
Sportle wishes all these great warriors best wishes on their achievements. This was all here, we will be back with more interesting topics for you. Till then keep working and keep training.