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
|1||Mariyappan Thangavelu||Athletics: T42 High Jump|
|2||Pramod Bhagat||Badminton: SL3 singles|
|3||Devendra Jhajharia||Athletics: Javelin throw (F46 category)|
|5||Varun Singh Bhati||Athletics: High Jump|
|6||Ekta Bhyan||Athletics: Discuss and club throw|
|7||Sumit Antil||Javelin thrower (F44/64 category)|
|8||Manish Narwal||Shooting: Men’s 10m air pistol|
|9||Suyash Jadhav||Swimming: 50m Butterfly event|
Indian Paralympians: Mariyappan Thangavelu
Mariyappan Thangavelu Event – Athletics: T42 High Jump
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
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.
Indian Paralympians: Devendra Jhajaria
Devendra Jhajaria Event – Athletics: Javelin throw (F46 category)
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
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.
Indian Paralympians: Varun Singh Bhati
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 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 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.
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 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.