Para Asian Games 2018 Highlights:
- Sharad Kumar broke the Asian and Para Asian Games record with a jump of 1.90 metres
- Varun Bhatti and Mariyappan won the silver and bronze medal in the event
- India have a total of 50 medals at the games with 8 gold, 17 silver and 25 bronze
India dominated the men’s high jump T42/63 event at the Para Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta by nabbing up all three podium places. While a record-setting effort by India’s star performer Sharad Kumar saw him bring home the yellow metal, Varun Bhatti and Thangavelu Mariyappan added to India’s kitty with a second and third place finish respectively.
The T42/63 event is for athletes with lower limb deficiency, leg length difference, impaired muscle power and impaired range of movement. Putting in a stellar performance, defending champion Sharad Kumar broke two records to win the gold yet again at the Para Asian Games.
Suffering paralysis since the age of two after being administered with a spurious polio medication, Sharad Kumar hasn’t let his disability kill his dreams. Reaching great heights in high jump over his illustrious career, Sharad broke the Asian high jump record as well as the Para Asian Games high jump record with a jump of 1.90m to finish on top. He was joined by Varun Bhatti who recorded a jump of 1.82m and Mariyappan who came third with a jump of 1.67m.
Adding to India’s medal tally on the day were javelin throwers Sundar Singh Gurjar and Rinku with silver and bronze medal attempts to make it an Indian dominated podium in the F46 category. Gurjar’s fifth attempt of 61.33m was enough to see him win the silver with Rinku scoring 60.92m for the bronze.
Medals tumbled in for India in track and field events with Avnil Kumar clocking 52 seconds in the men’s 400m race to win bronze. In the men’s 400m T45/46/47 category Sandeep Mann won bronze for the country. Vinay Kumar also added to the country’s kitty with a bronze in the men’s 400m T44, 62/64 event.
The women shone on the track as well with Radha Venkatesh winning bronze in 400m, T12 classification that deals with visual impairment.
Stay tuned for more updates on Para Asian Games 2018.