Sharad Kumar clinches gold after smashing the continental record with a jump of 1.90m
It rarely happens that a country grabs all the top records at a major international sports competition. Well, it was India’s chance to witness this historic moment, as they took over the podium in men’s high jump T42/63 category, claiming all the medals in the process. Defending champion Sharad Kumar smashed two records to snare a second successive gold in the Asian Para Games in Jakarta.
Kumar, a 26-year-old world championships silver-medallist, eclipsed the Asian as well as the Asian Games record with a jump of 1.90m to claim the top honors. The T42/63 category covers lower limb deficiency, impaired muscle power, impaired range of movement and leg length difference.
When he was just two, Sharad Kumar, who hails from Bihar, suffered paralysis in his left leg. A failed polio medicine at the local eradication drive was deemed as the cause for the paralysis.
Varun Bhati, a Rio Paralympic bronze-medallist, won the silver medal. He registered a jumping distance of 1.82m.
The final podium spot went to the Rio gold-medallist Thangavelu Mariyappan. Mariyappan recorded a distance of 1.67m, his season’s best effort.
Gurjar Wins Javelin Silver; Disappointment for Jhajharia
India’s javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar clinched a silver medal in the Asian Men’s javelin throw event. He was competing in the F46 category. This category of disability covers upper limb deficiency, impaired muscle power or impaired range of movement.
Gurjar put an effort of 61.33m in his fifth attempt. Earlier, Gurjar had trained for 22 days in Finland, an exercise that was backed by the Sports Authority of India (SAI).
Rinku bagged the bronze medal to make it another India-dominated podium. She recorded a personal best of 60.92m to clinch the medal. Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Herath who smashed the Games as well as the Asian record with a throw of 61.84m to win the gold.
However, it was a disappointment for Devendra Jhajharia, a silver-winner in the in the last Asian Para Games in Incheon.
A two-time Paralympic gold-medallist, Jhajharia finished fourth.
In addition to the above, India also won a bronze in the men’s 400m of T13 category. Avnil Kumar claimed the third position. The T13 category classification is for athletes with a visual impairment.
Kumar clocked the distance in record 52 seconds. However, the commendable effort went in vain, as Kumar lost out the silver to Lamsan by just a fraction second.