Harvinder Singh bags gold in the Asian Para Games

Oct 11, 2018, 11:00 IST | Agencies

Harvinder Singh wins maiden archery gold for India in recurve event at the Asian Para Games

Harvinder Singh bags gold in the Asian Para Games
Harvinder Singh after winning gold in archery at the Para Asian Games in Jakarta

Harvinder Singh notched up India's maiden archery gold in the Asian Para Games in the men's individual recurve event, while the country also picked up three silver and four bronze medals on day 5 of the competitions here. Harvinder defeated China's Zhao Lixue 6-0 in the W2/ST category final to claim the top honours and take India's gold tally to seven. The W2 category of impairment covers athletes with paraplegia, diplegia or double leg amputation below the knee, requiring wheelchair. The ST category is for archers with limited impairment and who may take aim without having to need a wheelchair. Para-athletics, chess table tennis gave India three silver medals yesterday, while the bronze medals came from para-powerlifting, besides para-athletics.

Monu wins discus silver
It started with Monu Ghangas claiming the silver in the men's discus throw F11 category, before Vijay Kumar claimed silver in the men's long jump T42/T61/T63 category.
Ghangas claimed his silver with a throw of 35.89m, an effort which he managed in his third attempt. He finished behind Iran's Olad Mahdi, who achieved a new Asian as well as Games record of 42.37m. The F11 category deals with visual impairment.

Kumar achieved his personal best by covering 5.05m to notch up the silver behind Sri Lanka's Charitha Nirmala Buddika, who pulled off a personal best of his own with 5.22m. Kumar's disability classification covers limb deficiency, leg length difference, and impaired muscle power. Mohammed Yasser then fetched a bronze in the men's shot put F46 category with a throw of 14.22m. The F46 category of disability covers upper limb deficiency, impaired muscle power or impaired movement.

In table tennis, the women's doubles pair of Bhavinaben Patel and Sonalben Patel lost the final to Indonesia's Asayut Dararat and Paattarvadee Wararidamrongkul 4-11, 12-14 to settle for a silver medal in the TT 3-5 category (for paddlers with minimally impaired arms and hands).

Silver lining in chess
The chess board delivered a silver and two bronze medals for the country with Jennitha Anto clinching the women's individual P1 category silver before combining with Prema Kanishri for the team bronze in the same category. The P1 classification covers physical impairment. In the women's team standard VI-B2/B3 category competition, the trio of Mrunali Prakash, Megha Chakraborty and Tijan Punaram settled for a bronze medal. The B2/B3 classification is for players with partial blindness. A bronze trickled in from para-powerlifting, where Sudhir finished third in the upto 80kg category with a lift of 192kg. With the nine medals yesterday, India are ninth on the overall tally with seven gold, 13 silver and 17 bronze for a total of 37 medals.

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