When you make a promise, you keep a promise. And, India has shown how to keep promises in this year’s Paralympics event. But, like every other good thing, even the Tokyo Paralympics came to an end. The ending became even more memorable when Krishna Nagar and Suhas Yathiraj finished the race with another gold and silver medal.
India’s Undeniable Victory In Tokyo Paralympics
It is the first time in Paralympics history when India has secured 19 medals for the nation. There are 5 golds, 8 silvers, and 6 bronze medals to uphold the country’s honor. India sent 54 para-athletes this year to compete in nine different sports, and it looks like the result is rather astounding.
We saw Avani Lekhara with a gold medal in women’s shooting and Manish Narwal with another gold medal in shooting. Sumit Antil won gold at Javelin’s Throw. It was finally accompanied by Pramod Bhagat and Krishna Nagar with their respective gold medals in badminton.
History created as India bagged 19 medals in the recently concluded #TokyoParalympics.
Such an achievement is no doubt the result of the able leadership of our Hon’ble PM @narendramodi ji and the firm dedication & sportsmanship of our players.#Praise4Para #Paralympics pic.twitter.com/p0DPyRIYTe
— Th.Biswajit Singh (@BiswajitThongam) September 6, 2021
The list of silver medalists is rather lengthy. Bhavnaben Patel won her silver medal in table tennis, Nishad Kumar secured one in the high jump. We were incredibly proud of Yogesh Kathuniya, who won another silver in discus throwing, Devendra Jhajharia in javelin throwing, and Singhraj Adhana in the shooting. The final haul of silver medals came from Praveen Kumar and Mariyappan Thangavelu in the high jump and Suhas Yathiraj in badminton.
Even the bronze medalists were also not far behind. Avani Lekhara and Singhraj Adghana won bronze medals, too, in different categories of shooting. Manoj Sarkar made a list even longer with his bronze medal in badminton. Harvinder Singh made an exponential contribution with his bronze in archery. Finally, Sharad Kumar and Sundar Singh Gurjar made it to the list with their bronze medals in the high jump and javelin throw.
What’s Their Reaction?
The medalists are extremely happy with their victories, and they promise to give such impressive performances in the future. Krishna Nagar and Suhas Yathiraj’s medals shone even brighter on Sunday because it was Teacher’s Day. Their private coach Gaurav Khanna watched these debut stars making history at the first Paralympics of their lives.
When Nagar beat China’s Chu Man Kai on Sunday, and the tri-color flag went up, it was a proud day for the athlete. He said:
“This is the happiest moment in my life. I couldn’t have asked for more on a Teachers’ Day than winning a gold medal for my Coach sir.”
Even Suhas Yathiraj said that it was a very emotional moment for him. He said:
“I have never been so happy and so disappointed in my life at the same time. Most happy because of the silver medal but most disappointed because I missed the gold medal by a whisker.”
What We Think
We are proud of all the star athletes of the Tokyo Paralympics who gave such excellent performances and made the nation proud. It was a proud moment for all Indians, and we believe that they will continue to inspire the next generation with such exclusive spotting feats. We wish them all the very best for their promising career up ahead.