Tokyo Paralympics: More joy for India as Vinod Kumar adds bronze & Nishad Kumar wins silver medal in their respective events

Vinod Kumar won the bronze medal for his performance in the Men’s Discus F52 Sport but the day got better as Nishad Kumar clinched a silver medal in the T47 Men’s High Jump event.

India’s day today at the Paralympics in Tokyo gets better and better. After Bhavinaben Patel’s silver in Class 4 table tennis category, Vinod Kumar won the bronze medal for his performance in the Men’s Discus F52 Sport but the day got better as said above, with Nishad Kumar clinching a silver medal in the T47 Men’s High Jump event.

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Vinod Kumar threw the best effort of 19.91m in the final to achieve the bronze medal today and set a new Asian record in the process. The gold medal was won by Poland’s Piotr Kosewicz who threw an effort of 20.02m which led him to win his event. Croatian Velimir Sandor clinched silver with a throw of 19.98m. Kumar started his final with an attempt of 17.46m but improved his effort later in the game and was able to set a medal-winning mark in his 5th and penultimate effort today.

Kumar’s second effort was 18.32m, his third effort was albeit below at 17.80m but Kumar improved in his next effort with a throw of 19.12m before the medal-winning fifth throw of 19.91m. He finished it off with another impressive throw of 19.81m. Kumar’s personal best was an attempt of 19.29m and his season-best had been 18.52m.

Nishad Kumar won the silver at the T47 Men’s High Jump event. He cleared a distance of 2.06 metres and broke the Asian record. He, along with American Dallas Wise won the silver as they cleared the same distance. They were superseded by another American para-athlete Roderick Townsend who won the gold with a world record jump of 2.15m. Another Indian Paralympian, Ram Pal finished 5th position with a best jump of 1.94m.

India finished today with a tally of three medals as they won two silver and one bronze medal as Bhavinaben Patel, too, won silver earlier today.