Tokyo Paralympics: India’s Yogesh Kathuniya Clinches Silver in F56 Discus Throw Event

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Published: August 30,2021 08:48 AM
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Yogesh threw 44.38 in his sixth and final attempt to take up the top spot before Claudiney Batista of Brazil fired 44.57 in his first attempt to dethrone the Indian athlete.

August 30, 2021: Indian discus thrower Yogesh Kathuniya on Monday clinched silver after registering his season-best attempt of 44.38 in the men’s F56 final at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics.



Yogesh threw 44.38 in his sixth and final attempt to take up the top spot before Claudiney Batista of Brazil fired 44.57 in his first attempt to dethrone the Indian athlete.



Yogesh got off to a poor start as his first throw was deemed as foul but the Indian para-athlete soon made up for it as he registered a massive 42.84 in his second attempt.





However, the Indian athlete’s third and fourth throws were again deemed as foul. Yogesh, who had won a gold medal in the 2019 Indian Grand Prix, came all guns blazing in the final two throws as he registered scores of 43.55 and 44.38 in his fifth and sixth attempt respectively.



All of Yogesh valid throws were his season-best as he went a step ahead with each of his attempts in the finals of the discus throw event.





Just minutes apart, Avani Lekhara won India's fourth medal and first gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020 with a world-record-equaling effort. She shot a total score of 249.6 in women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1 final. Lekhara finished seventh in the qualification round with a total score of 621.7 but produced a stunning recovery to win the gold.



On Sunday, India’s Para table tennis player Bhavina Patel and Para-athlete Nishad Kumar won silver. Discus thrower Vinod Kumar also won a bronze medal at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics in sports class F52 with an Asian Record.