- Feb 25, 2024
Shreyansh Trivedi, a five-time National Champion, made India proud by winning a bronze medal in the men’s 200m T37 event at the 4th Asian Para Games in Hangzhou. He clocked 25.26 seconds to finish third behind Indonesia’s Saptoyogo Purnomo (gold) and Saudi Arabia’s Ali Yousef Al-Nakhli (silver). Purnimo completed the race in 23.34 seconds while Nakhli crossed the finish line in 24.75 seconds.
Coming to the men’s 200m T35, Narayan Thakur, who hails from Bihar, made India proud as he achieved a bronze medal in the event. Thakur completed the race in 29.83 seconds to secure 3rd place. The gold medal was won by Iran’s Alireza Zare who completed the race in 25.51 seconds. He broke the all-time record which was previously held by Saudi Arabia’s Ahmed Adawi (30.39 seconds). Silver was won by Idrees Al-Zaidi, who completed it in 26.54 seconds, which was a personal best for him. Thakur’s is a massive achievement as he has overcome physical challenges to make a name for himself.
Meanwhile, in Javelin, Sumit Antil, the reigning Paralympic and world champion, continued his dominance in the F64 event by clinching gold and setting a new world record at the games on Wednesday. His remarkable throw of 73.29 meters not only secured the gold but also set new World, Para Asian, and Games records. Pushpendra Singh, another Indian athlete, added to the country’s success by claiming bronze with a throw of 62.06 meters. Sri Lanka’s S Arachchige Kodithuwakku secured the silver medal with a throw of 64.09 meters.
Overall, India has won 42 medals thus far and is currently 5th as far as the medal tally is concerned, behind China, Iran, Uzbekistan and Japan. India’s para-athletes are aiming to surpass their previous medal haul of 72 medals at the 2018 Asian Para Games by replicating the country’s recent success at the Asian Games, where they surpassed 100 medals for the first time. With a record-breaking 313 athletes competing in 566 medal events across 22 sports, India has high hopes for the Asian Para Games 2023, which will conclude on October 28.