Tokyo Paralympics: Praveen Kumar gets silver in men's high jump T64 event
- India's Praveen Kumar was competing in the men's men's high jump T64 event
- He extended India's medal tally to 11
- Great Britain's Jonathan Broom-Edwards won the gold medal
India's Praveen Kumar wins a silver medal in the men's high jump T64 event at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics with an Asian record.
With this, India extended their medal count to 11 at the grand event. Great Britain's Jonathan Broom-Edwards won the gold medal as he cleared a height of 2.10. With this, he registered his season-best jump, as well.
The bronze medal was clinched by Poland's Maciej Lepiota who recorded a jump of 2.04.
T64 classification is for athletes with a leg amputation, who compete with prosthetics in a standing position.
T44, the disability classification that Kumar has but is eligible to compete in T64, is for athletes with a leg deficiency, leg length difference, impaired muscle power, or impaired passive range of movement in the legs.
His impairment, which is congenital, affects the bones that connect his hip to his left leg.
The ongoing Games are turning out to be India's best ever and the nation has so far claimed two gold, six silver and three bronze medals.
"This medal is the result of his hard work and unparalleled dedication. Congratulations to him. Best wishes for his future endeavours," tweets PM Narendra Modi, congratulating Praveen Kumar.
The high jumper belongs to a farmer family of Uttar Pradesh's Jewar. In school, he used to play volleyball and while doing so he realized that he could easily jump high. "I used to play volleyball in school and my jump was good. Once I participated in the high jump competition in school and did well. I started training after that," Kumar told TOI.
Kumar is the second teenager in the Indian contingent after shooter Avani Lekhara to win a medal at the Games. Lekhara had won a gold and is 19 years old.
The track and field events were anticipated to give India a good medal haul and the script is unfolding just as it was expected.
Eight of India's 11 medals have come from athletics, including one gold in men's javelin throw through Sumit Antil (F64).
India have so far won five silver medals in the athletics arena along with a bronze.