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Asian Para Games: Nishad Kumar Wins Gold Medal in Men’s High Jump T47 Final

Hangzhou, Oct 23. India’s Nishad Kumar won a gold medal and set a new Asian Games record in the Men’s High Jump T47 event at the ongoing 4th Asian Para Games 2022 in Hangzhou on Monday.

Nishad outperformed his competitors and secured the gold medal with a jump of 2.02m. China’s Hongjie Chen settled for silver with a jump of 1.94m. India’s Ram Pal also claimed silver with a jump of 1.94m in his fifth attempt.

In another event, Indian para-athlete Monu Ghangas secured a bronze medal in the Men’s Shot Put-F-11 Final. Monu achieved a podium finish with his season-best throw of 12.33m in his fourth attempt. Iran’s Amirhossein won the gold medal with a season-best throw of 13.92m, while his compatriot Mahdi Olad finished slightly behind with a throw of 13.30m.

Balaji Rajendran, who also participated in the event, fell short of a podium finish despite producing his personal best throw of 11.56m.

Earlier, India’s dominance in athletics at the ongoing Asian Para Games was demonstrated by Shailesh Kumar, Mariyappan Thangavelu, and Ram Singh Padhiyar, who won gold, silver, and bronze medals respectively in the Men’s High Jump-T63 event on Monday.

Shailesh claimed the gold medal with a jump of 1.82m, surpassing his national compatriot and Asian record holder Mariyappan by 0.2m. Mariyappan settled for silver with a season-best jump of 1.80m, while Ram Singh finished third with a jump of 1.78m.

In canoeing, Prachi Yadav won a silver medal in the women’s VL2 Final, marking India’s first medal. Prachi gave tough competition to Uzbekistan’s Irodakhon Rustamova, with only a 1.022s difference in their timings. Prachi secured the silver medal with a time of 1:03.47s, while Irodakhon claimed the gold medal with a time of 1:02.125s. Japan’s Saki Komatsu won the bronze medal with a time of 1:11.635s.

India aims to surpass its best performance of 72 medals at the 2018 event in Indonesia, which included 15 gold, 24 silver, and 33 bronze medals. The outstanding performance of the Indian contingent, winning 107 medals at the recently concluded Asian Games, has inspired the athletes, coaches, and support staff to believe that the 4th Asian Para Games will break many records and be the most successful in the history of Para Games in the country.

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