India’s Praveen Kumar clinched the silver medal in the men’s high jump T64 event of the Paralympics.

High jumper Praveen Kumar (18) became the youngest athletics medalist in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics today. Competing in T64 category, Praveen sailed over 2.06m that happens to be a new continental mark and fetch him a shining silver medal on his Paralympics debut.

The gold in this event went to Great Britain’s Jonathan Broom-Edwards (2.10m) while Maciej Lepiato of Poland took the bronze in 2.04m.

The athlete from Noida, trained under Dr. Satyapal Singh, entered the competitive athletics only two years ago. Praveen took part in the World championships at Dubai two years ago where he finished a credible fourth when he was just 16 years old.

Shooter Avani Lekhara became the first Indian woman to win two medals in the Paralympics as she added a bronze from 50m Rife 3-Positions SH1 category to her gold medal that she won earlier in the 10m event. Like Praveen, the 19-year-old Avani also took part in her first Paralympics at Tokyo.

Harvinder Singh ended the medal drought in Archery as he beat South Korean Kim Min Su in shoot off (6-5) to win India’s first ever medal in this sport in Paralympics. For the information, India not even wins any medal in Archery at the Olympic Games. Hence his medal today brought an inspiring hope among the Indian archers for the future competitions globally.

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