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Top 9 Indian Paralympians to watch out at the Tokyo Paralympics Games 2020

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Tokyo Paralympics: The Tokyo Paralympics are set to kick start on August 24th. The Indian Paralympians will look to up their tally after their excellent performance in Rio 2016.

Just like in the Olympics, India is sending its largest contingent ever with 54 para-athletes. They will compete in 9 sporting disciplines. India’s campaign at the Tokyo Paralympics will start on August 28th.

List of top 9 Indian Paralympians to watch at Tokyo Paralympics Games 2020

S.NIndian ParalympiansEvents
1Mariyappan ThangaveluAthletics: T42 High Jump
2Pramod BhagatBadminton: SL3 singles
3Devendra JhajhariaAthletics: Javelin throw (F46 category)
4Rubina FrancisShooting
5Varun Singh BhatiAthletics: High Jump
6Ekta BhyanAthletics: Discuss and club throw
7Sumit AntilJavelin thrower (F44/64 category)
8Manish NarwalShooting: Men’s 10m air pistol
9Suyash JadhavSwimming: 50m Butterfly event

Indian Paralympians: Mariyappan Thangavelu

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Mariyappan Thangavelu Event – Athletics: T42 High Jump

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He is the reigning T42 High Jump Olympic Champion. After winning a historic Gold in Rio Paralympics. He is currently world no 5.

He was awarded the Padma Shri and Arjuna Award in 2017. Followed by Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna in 2020. He will be India’s flag-bearer and leader of the contingent This time around.

Indian Paralympians: Pramod Bhagat

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Pramod Bhagat With one of his many medals (Credits Kalinga TV)
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Pramod Bhagat Event – Badminton: SL3 singles

Bhagat is currently world no 1 in men’s SL3 singles. He produced an excellent performance at the 2019 World Para-Badminton championship. Pramod won a Gold medal in men’s single as well as men’s doubles. He is also the reigning Asian Para Games champion.

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Indian Paralympians: Devendra Jhajaria

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Devendra Jhajaria Event – Athletics: Javelin throw (F46 category)

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He is the most successful Indian Para-athlete. He is the reigning Javelin throw Olympic champion in the F46 category. After winning a historic Gold in Rio Paralympics with a world record throw of 63.97m. He broke his own record recently to qualify for the Tokyo edition with a throw of 65.71m.

Indian Paralympians: Rubina Francis

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Rubina Francis Event – Shooting

She is 1st Indian woman to participate in para pistol shooting at the Paralympics. Rubina won the Gold medal and world record in P2 at the recent World cup in Lima. She is currently world no 5.

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Indian Paralympians: Varun Singh Bhati

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Varun Singh Bhati Event – Athletics: High Jump

He won the bronze medal at Rio Paralympics in the high jump. Varun was conferred with Arjuna Award in 2017. He is also a silver medalist from Para Asian games 2018. He is currently world no 5.

Ekta Bhyan

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Ekta Bhyan Event – Athletics: Discuss and club throw

Indian Paralympians: Bhyan has won several national discuss and club throw titles. She started competing only in 2016. She shot to fame with her gold medal-winning effort of 16.02m in the women’s club throw in the women’s F51 category.

Sumit Antil

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Sumit Antil Event – Athletics: Javelin thrower (F44/64 category)

Indian Paralympians: He is a world-renowned para javelin thrower. During the National Para-athletics championships, he threw a world record (unofficial) distance of 66.90m in the F44/64 category. He is currently world no 1.

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Manish Narwal

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Manish Narwal Event – Shooting: Men’s 10m air pistol

Indian Paralympians: The 19-year-old shooter is currently world no 4 in the men’s 10m air pistol. He started only in 2016 and has won medals on the world stage. But given his caliber and ranking, he will look to bag a medal at the biggest stage of all.

Suyash Jadhav

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Suyash Jadhav Event: Swimming: 50m Butterfly event

Indian Paralympians: Jadhav is the reigning Asian Games champion in the 50m Butterfly event. He will be competing in the men’s S7 50m butterfly and in the men’s 200m SM7 individual medley in the Tokyo Paralympics.

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Santhosh Narayan
Currently pursuing BBA in sports management, Passionate about sports who is also into fashion and sports writing. Ardent football and motorsports fan of FC Goa, Real Madrid and Scuderia Ferrari respectively


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