India took home two medals in T63 Men’s High Jump — Mariyappan Thangavelu winning a silver and Sharad Kul bronze — at Tuesday’s Tokyo Paralympic Games. These were not the medals that everyone expected.
Mariyappan Thangavelu was the Rio 2016 Games gold medallist and was expected to be the favorite to win the gold. Varun Singh Bhati and Sharad were expected to compete for the other medals. Mariyappan had already climbed 1.89m in Rio and was likely to climb 1.90 or higher.
Both of these hopes were dashed by the heavy rains that poured on the stadium throughout the night. Mariyappan cleared 1.86m and won a silver medal, behind American Sam Grewe who crossed 1.88m to win gold. After clearing 1.83m, Sharad won bronze.
With five days left of competitions, India now has 10 medals from Tokyo Paralympics.
India has 10 medals, including two gold, five silver, and three bronze. India is now at the 30th position in the medals tally.
India is now in a position where they can double their total Paralympics, medal count. India had previously won 12 medals, including four gold, four silver, and four bronze, before Tokyo 2020.
Singhraj won a bronze medal in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol SH1 event, which kicked off India’s medal hunt. Singhraj had qualified for the final in seventh position, but he shot a stunning 99.6 in his first 10 shots to make it into medal contention. He could not keep the same consistency, and he ended up with a bronze medal.
Singhraj, a 39-year-old Haryanaian from Faridabad (Haryana), had qualified for the final in sixth place but leaped into second with a stunning score of 99.6 after only 10 shots. Sergey Malyshev, a Russian Paralympic Committee member, was eliminated in the first round. He finished eighth with a score 113.3. Narwhal survived, but was unable to advance and was eliminated in the next round.
He got a few 10.0s in the next round, and he survived a scare when his scores were only 9.4 and 9.7. This allowed him to finish fourth.
For the bronze medal, he had to compete with China’s Lou Xiaolong. Lou took the third spot after Singhraj shot 9.4 and 9.7 in their 13th and 14th turns. The Chinese shooter, however, could not keep the third spot for long. He scored 9.6 in his 13th and 14.3 in his 14th shots and 9.7 respectively in his 18th and 17th turns.
Singhraj had another sub-par round, 9.1 and 9.6 on the 19th and 20th turns. However, the Chinese shooter scored an 8 in his 20th shot. Singhraj was able to survive by 0.3 points — 196.5 to 196.8.
Faridabad’s 39-year-old educationist shot two 10.0s in the next round and was awarded a bronze medal.
India suffered disappointments Wednesday in archery and shooting.
Manish Narwal, a 19-year-old Haryanaian, won the qualifying round. However, nerves got the best of him in the final and he ended up seventh.
Rubina Francis, a sharpshooter from Jabalpur, who had previously set a world record at the World Cup in Lima (Peru) in June, was seventh in the women’s 10m Air Pistol SH1 final. She was unable to maintain her intensity and ended up seventh in the final.
Rakesh Kumar, an archer, reached the quarter-finals after beating a Slovak competitor. In the quarter-finals, he was defeated by Ai Xinliang of China.