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India’s Finest Hour: All-Time Best Medal Haul at 2023 World Para Athletics

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On Sunday, India ended the 2023 World Para Athletics Championship in Paris with 10 medals. This is the all-time best medal tally for India at these Games. In addition, 18 Indian competitors (14 men and 4 women) qualified for the 2024 Paris Paralympics by placing in the top four in their respective events here.

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This surpasses the milestone achieved at the 2019 edition in Dubai, with three gold medals, four silver medals, and three bronze medals. At that time, there were two gold medals, two silver medals, and five bronze medals.

This year, Sumit Antil earned India’s first gold medal in the Men’s Javelin Throw F64 division, breaking his own World Record with a throw of 70.83 meters. Another javelin thrower, Ajeet Singh, took home a gold medal in the F46 division. The third gold medal was won by shot putter Sachin Khilari.

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Indian Medal List at 2023 World Para Athletics Championship:

  • Sumit Antil, Gold, Javelin Throw F-64
  • Sachin Khilari Sarjerao, Gold, Shot Put F-46
  • Ajeet Singh, Gold, Javelin Throw F-46
  • Nishad Kumar, Silver, High Jump T-47
  • Yogesh Kathuniya, Silver, Discus Throw F-56
  • Shailesh Kumar, Silver, High Jump T-63
  • Rinku Hooda, Silver, Javelin Throw F-46
  • Praveen Kumar, Bronze, High Jump T-64
  • Ekta Bhayan, Bronze, Club Throw F-51
  • Pooja, Javelin Throw, Bronze F-54

These 10 medalists earned spots at the Paralympics in Paris in 2024. Additionally, 8 additional competitors received quotas based on placing fourth. At the 2023 World Championships, the top four finishers in each discipline stood to get Paralympic quotas.

Athletes Qualified for 2024 Paris Paralympics

  • Gavit Dilip Mahadu, 400m T-47
  • Mariyappan Thangavelu, High Jump T-63
  • Sundar Singh Gurjar, Javelin Throw F-46
  • Navdeep, Javelin Throw F-41
  • Soman Rana, Shot Put F-57
  • Kashish Lakra, Club Throw F-51
  • Bhagyashri Mahavrao Jadhav, Shot Put F-34

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