India records best medal haul at Tokyo Paralympic Games

India registered its largest ever medal haul at the Paralympic Games finishing with five gold, eight silver and six bronze medals in Tokyo. With a total of 19 medals, India went past its previous best tally of four medals at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. In fact, India had a total medal count of 12 before the Tokyo Paralympics, but the tally now stands at 31. India had gone into the Games with an unprecedented contingent of 54 athletes.

India won its first medal of the Games through Bhavina Patel, who brought home silver in table tennis women’s singles (Class 4), while Krishna Nagar won gold in badminton men’s singles (SH6) to end India’s campaign in style on the last day of the Games.

Indian shooters brought home two gold medals, and five in total. Avani Lekhara and Singhraj Adana won two medals each.

India shone in athletics as well, with four medals in high jump, three in javelin throw and one in discus throw.

Javelin thrower Sumit Antil secured the only athletics gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics for India.

India also had a good outing in badminton, which was being played at the Paralympics for the first time this year.

Pramod Bhagat and Krishna Nagar both won gold as Indian shuttlers brought home four medals in total. image.png

Lauding the performance of Indian athletes at the Tokyo Paralympics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said their achievement at the world’s top sporting event will always have a special place in the history of Indian sports.

The Prime Minister, who is slated to host the Indian athletes once they come back from Tokyo, said every member of ‘our contingent is a champion and source of inspiration.’ He said the country was overjoyed with the historic haul of medals by Para athletes.

“In the history of Indian sports, the Tokyo #Paralympics will always have a special place. The games will remain etched in the memory of every Indian and will motivate generations of athletes to pursue sports. Every member of our contingent is a champion and source of inspiration,” Modi tweeted.

Narendra Modi was also all praise for coaches, support team and families of athletes for their continuous support to the players. He also expressed his government’s resolve to build on the success of Tokyo Paralympics for ensuring larger participation in sporting events.

“The historic number of medals India won has filled our hearts with joy. I would like to appreciate the coaches, support staff and families of our athletes for their constant support to the players. We hope to build on our successes to ensure greater participation in sports,” Modi further tweeted.

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