India’s Tokyo 2020 Paralympics medal winners

India won 19 medals at the Tokyo Paralympics -- five gold, eight silver, six bronze. Shooter Avani Lekhara became the first Indian woman to win two Paralympics medals.

By Olympic Channel Writer
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With 19 medals - five gold, eight silver, six bronze - Tokyo 2020 was India’s best-ever Paralympics.

The haul comfortable eclipsed India’s previous best medals tallies – four each at the Stoke Mandeville and New York Games in 1984 and Rio 2016. Shooting emerged as the biggest contributor with five medals, followed by high jump and badminton with four each.

There were several historic firsts to celebrate as well, with Bhavina Patel becoming the first Indian table tennis player to win a Paralympic medal and Harvinder Singh mirroring the feat in archery. Shooter Avani Lekhara, however, was the standout name as she became the first Indian woman to win a Paralympic gold medal.

Here are the Indian Paralympic medallists at Tokyo 2020.

Bhavina Patel - silver medal - women’s singles table tennis Class 4 category

Drawn in Group A, Bhavina Patel lost her opening group fixture against world No. 1 Zhou Ying of China on her Paralympics debut.

However, Bhavina Patel bounced back in her second group match against Great Britain’s Megan Shackleton and qualified for the round of 16, behind Ying. The Indian table tennis player beat Brazil's Joyce de Oliveira, reigning champion Borislava Rankovic Peric of Serbia and China's Zhang Miao to progress to the final.

In the gold medal match, Bhavina Patel lost to Zhou Ying and settled for the silver medal.

Nishad Kumar - silver medal - men's high jump T47

India's Nishad Kumar equalled his own personal best, also an Asian record, with a 2.06m jump and claimed the silver medal in the men's high jump T47 event at the Tokyo Paralympics.

USA's Roderick Townsend-Roberts claimed gold with a world-record setting 2.15m jump, while his fellow American Dallas Wise tied with Nishad Kumar for the silver. No bronze medals were given out in the event since there were two silver medallists.

Avani Lekhara - gold medal - women's 10m air rifle shooting standing SH1

On her debut, Avani Lekhara shot a new Paralympic record of 249.6 in the women's 10m air rifle shooting standing SH1 class final to win the gold medal. It also equalled the world record score in the category.

The 19-year-old Avani Lekhara outshot defending Paralympic champion Cuiping Zhang of China and reigning world champion Iryna Shchetnik of Ukraine to win gold.

Devendra Jhajharia - silver medal - men's javelin throw F46

Devendra Jhajharia became India's most decorated Paralympian with his silver medal in the men's javelin throw F46 class. It added to his two Paralympic gold medals at Athens 2004 and Rio 2016 Games.

It took Devendra Jhajharia level with Joginder Singh Bedi, who also has three Paralympic medals - two bronze and a silver.

Devendra Jhajharia threw a new world record 64.35m in the final, eclipsing his own previous record. However, Sri Lanka's Dinesh Herath threw an even better 67.79m to pip him to gold with his own new world and Paralympic record.

Sundar Singh Gurjar - bronze medal - men's javelin throw F46

Sundar Singh Gurjar finished behind Devendra Jhajharia to win the bronze medal in the men's javelin throw F46 category.

Sundar Singh Gurjar threw a best attempt of 64.01m, also his season's best, to win his first Paralympics medal.

Yogesh Kathuniya - silver medal - men's discus throw F56

Yogesh Kathuniya won the silver medal with a best throw of 44.58m in the men's discus throw F56 class.

The Indian was only beaten by Brazil's Claudiney Batistia dos Santos, who threw a new Paralympic record of 45.59m to win the gold medal.

Sumit Antil - gold medal - men's javelin throw F64

Sumit Antil thrice broke his own world record to win gold in the men's javelin throw F64 category.

The 23-year-old Sumit began with a 66.95m throw, beating his previous world record of 62.88m. In his second attempt, Sumit Antil once again made a new world record with a 68.08m throw.

The new world record was finally recorded at 68.55m - which was Sumit Antil's fifth attempt in the final - and gave him the top step on the podium.

Singhraj Adhana - bronze medal - men's 10m air pistol shooting SH1

Singhraj Adhana won India's second shooting medal at the Paralympics with bronze in the men's 10m air pistol SH1 class.

The 39-year-old Singhraj Adhana shot 216.8 in the final to finish behind defending champion, China's Chao Yang - who won gold with a Paralympic record 237.9 - and silver-medallist Xing Huang, also of China.

Mariyappan Thangavelu - silver medal - men's high jump T42

Mariyappan Thangavelu won his second Paralympic medal, a silver in the men's high jump T42 class.

After easily clearing the initial marks, defending champion Mariyappan Thangavelu took three attempts each to clear the 1.83m and 1.86m mark. He went for gold by attempting the 1.88m but could not jump past in three attempts, which gave him the silver medal.

USA's Sam Grewe cleared the 1.88m in his third and final jump to take the gold.

Sharad Kumar - bronze medal - men's high jump T42

Joining compatriot Thangavelu on the podium was Sharad Kumar, who won bronze in the men's high jump T42.

Sharad Kumar cleared each of his first four marks, including the 1.83m, with his first jump to be assured of a medal. However, he was unable to clear the 1.86m with any of his three jumps and eventually took the bronze medal.

Praveen Kumar - silver medal - men's high jump T64

Praveen Kumar won India's eighth athletics medal - and fourth high jump medal - at the Tokyo Paralympics with silver in the men's high jump T64 class.

Praveen Kumar successfully cleared 2.07m in the final - a new personal best and new Asian record - to climb on the podium. He was only upstaged by world champion Jonathan Broom-Edwards of Great Britain, who cleared 2.10m to take the gold medal.

Avani Lekhara - bronze medal - women's 50m rifle 3 positions shooting SH1

After becoming the first Indian woman to win Paralympic gold, Avani Lekhara went on to first Indian woman to win two Paralympics medals after she won a bronze in the women's 50m rifle 3 positions SH1 category.

The 19-year-old Avani Lekhara shot 445.9 in the final to take the bronze medal, behind China's Cuiping Zhang - who shot a Paralympic record 457.9 to win gold - and Natascha Hiltrop of Germany, who won silver with a score of 457.1.

Harvinder Singh - bronze medal - men's individual recurve - open archery

Harvinder Singh won the men's individual recurve - open archery bronze medal at Tokyo 2020 to enter the history books.

The 30-year-old Haryana-born archer beat beat South Korea's Kim Min Su 6-5 via shoot off in a thrilling bronze medal playoff match to win India their first-ever archery medal at the Paralympics.

Harvinder Singh defeated Italy's Stefano Travisani, RPC's Bato Tsydendorzhiev and Germany's Maik Szarszewski in his initial three rounds but lost to eventual gold-medallist, USA's Kevin Mather, in the semi-finals to enter the bronze medal match.

Manish Narwal - gold medal - men's 50m pistol SH1

Indian shooter Manish Narwal won the gold medal in men's 50m pistol SH1 at the Tokyo Paralympics with a solid display at the Asaka Shooting Range.

After qualifying for the final as the seventh-best shooter, Manish Narwal upped the ante in the medal round and shot a Paralympic record-setting 218.2 to claim the top spot on the podium.

Singhraj Adhana - silver medal - men's 50m pistol SH1

Right on Manish Narwal's heels was compatriot Singhraj Adhana, who won the silver medal with a score of 216.7 in the final.

Singhraj Adhana finished fourth in the qualifying round and picked up his game in the final, scoring 216.7 to finish ahead of RPC's Sergey Malyshev, who won bronze with 196.8. This was Singhraj's second shooting medal at Tokyo.

Parmod Bhagat - gold medal - men's singles badminton SL3

With badminton making its Paralympics debut at Tokyo, India's Pramod Bhagat became the first-ever champion in the men's singles SL3 category.

The three-time world champion para shuttler only dropped a single game in his four matches during the course of the tournament to win the historic gold medal. Pramod Bhagat beat Great Britain's Daniel Bethell 21-14, 21-17 in the final.

Manoj Sarkar - bronze medal - men's singles badminton SL3

India also secured the bronze medal in men's singles badminton SL3 category courtesy Manoj Sarkar - incidentally also the only player to take a game off champion Pramod Bhagat at Tokyo.

Manoj Sarkar finished behind Pramod Bhagat in Group A to advance to the semi-finals, where he lost to eventual silver medallist Daniel Bethell. In the bronze medal playoff match, Manoj Sarkar beat Japan's Daisuke Fujihara 22-20, 21-13 to clinch his medal.

Suhas Yathiraj - silver medal - men's singles badminton SL4

Suhas Yathiraj’s brilliant campaign at the Tokyo Paralympics men's singles badminton SL4 event ended in the final after a loss to the top seed and reigning world champion Lucas Mazur of France. The run, however, was enough to win him the silver medal.

After qualifying for the semis placed second in Group A, Suhas Yathiraj, who serves as an IAS officer in India, beat Indonesian shuttler Fredy Setiawan to earn his title shot against Lucas Mazur. Up against his much-fancied opponent, Suhas Yathiraj put up a valiant effort but went down 21-15, 17-21, 15-21.

Krishna Nagar - gold medal - men's singles badminton SH6

India’s Krishna Nagar wrapped up India’s campaign at the Tokyo Paralympics with a gold medal in men’s singles SH6 Badminton.

Having not dropped a single game en route to the final, the Indian badminton player found himself up against Hong Kong’s Chu Man Kai in the gold medal match. Krishna Nagar persevered to win it 21-17, 16-21, 21-17.

India's medals at Tokyo Paralympics list
Athlete Medal Event
Bhavina Patel Silver Women’s singles table tennis Class 4 category
Nishad Kumar Silver Men's high jump T47
Avani Lekhara Gold Women's 10m air rifle shooting standing SH1
Devendra Jhajharia Silver Men's javelin throw F46
Sundar Singh Gurjar Bronze Men's javelin throw F46
Yogesh Kathuniya Silver Men's discus throw F56
Sumit Antil Gold Men's javelin throw F64
Singhraj Adhana Bronze Men's 10m air pistol shooting SH1
Mariyappan Thangavelu Silver Men's high jump T42
Sharad Kumar Bronze Men's high jump T42
Praveen Kumar Silver Men's high jump T64
Avani Lekhara Bronze Women's 50m rifle 3 positions shooting SH1
Harvinder Singh Bronze Men's individual recurve - open archery
Manish Narwal Gold Men's 50m pistol SH1
Singhraj Adhana Silver Men's 50m pistol SH1
Pramod Bhagat Gold Men's singles badminton SL3
Manoj Sarkar Bronze Men's singles badminton SL3
Suhas Yathiraj Silver Men's singles badminton SL4
Krishna Nagar Gold Men's singles badminton SH6