India has scooped a total of three medals at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics 2020 – including Bhavina Patel’s silver in table tennis.
Paralympian Nishad Kumar won India’s second medal at the Tokyo Paralympics on Sunday, securing silver in the men’s high jump – T47.
The T47 is a disability sport classification in athletics primarily for competitors with an amputation below the elbow or wrist .
With a jump of 2.06 metres, Kumar took second place behind Roderick Townsend of the United States.
Later, discus thrower Vinod Kumar won bronze in sports class F52. Poland’s Piotr Kosewicz bagged the gold medal with a throw of 20.02 metres, while Croatian athlete Velimir Šandor took home silver with 19.98 metres.
With a throw of 19.91 metres, Kumar also set a new Asian record.
Indian politicians, athletes, and many others have praised both competitors; Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate the pair.
Congratulations to Nishad Kumar for winning the silver medal in men’s high jump at Tokyo #Paralympics. You have proved your excellence on the global stage, thereby bringing glory to India. My heartiest congratulations to you on your superlative performance and success.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 29, 2021
Congratulations to Nishad Kumar for the stellar performance. You’ve done our country proud. #TokyoParalympics pic.twitter.com/byO6vm28KI
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 29, 2021
First Bhavinaben Patel & now Nishad Kumar, Both of you’ve done our country proud.
Congratulations India 🇮🇳#TokyoParalympics pic.twitter.com/wQdI4PWPfL
— Srinivas BV (@srinivasiyc) August 29, 2021