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Big day for India at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics: 2 Gold, 2 Silver, and a bronze bagged by athletes

 The Indian contingent began Monday by winning four medals in a span of one hour including Shooting, discus throw and Jevelin throw.

The first medal of the day, which was India’s third, was clinched by shooter Avani Lekhara. She won India’s first medal in shooting at the Tokyo Paralympics in the women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1 event on Monday. Lekhara won the gold medal with a total score of 249.6 in the final, equalling the world record.

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The 19-year-old also scripted history becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympics.

It was followed by Yogesh Kathuniya bagging the silver medal in the men’s Discus throw (F56) event on Monday by registering his best throw of 44.38m in the final

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Kathuniya was only bested by Brazil’s Batista dos Santos Claudiney who registered a throw of 45.59m.

India then won two medals in the men’s javelin throw (F46) event. While Devendra Jhajharia won the silver medal with his best throw of 64.35, Sundar Singh Gurjar won the bronze medal in the same event with his best throw of 64.01.

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L-R: Bronze medallist Sundar Singh Gurjar, gold medallist Dinesh Priyan Herath Mudiyanselage of Sri Lanka, and silver medallist Devendra

Finally, ending the day in style, Sumit Antil on Monday set a new world record to win the gold medal in the men’s javelin throw (F64) with the best throw of 68.85 m in the final in Japan, he took India’s medal count to 7.

However, in a heartbreak for the contingent, discus thrower Vinod Kumar (F52) lost his bronze medal after he was found “ineligible” in reassessment of his disability classification.

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