Thursday, February 22

Asian Para Games 2023 Day 4: India Makes History!

Indian shooter Sidhartha Babu won the gold medal in the R6 Mixed 50m Rifles Prone SH-1, setting a new Asian Para Games Record.
Sidhartha Babu

Indian para athletes made history on Thursday by carrying home the most medals from the Asian Para Games—80 total, including 18 gold medals.

India has now surpassed the previous record of 72 set in Indonesia during the 2018 competition.
India’s medal total was 18 gold, 23 silver, and 39 bronze, and it will continue to rise till the competition’s fourth day is over.

With two days remaining in the Games, the nation is headed towards its goal of winning 100 medals in this Hangzhou edition.

Prior to the Hangzhou Games, India achieved the greatest results ever at the previous edition in Jakarta, when they had won 72 medals (15 gold, 24 silver, and 33 bronze).

In the men’s F46 shot put, Rohit Kumar brought home the bronze with a throw of 14.56 metres, while Sachin Sarjerao Khilari earned the first gold of the day with a Games record of 16.03 metres.

In the R6 mixed 50m rifle prone SH1 event, para shooter Sidhartha Babu went on to win another gold medal with an Asian Para Games score of 247.7.

In the final, Sheetal Devi and Rakesh Kumar’s compound mixed team defeated Lin Yueshan and Ai Xinliang of China 151-149 to win gold.

In the men’s doubles W1 archery competition, Adil Mohamed Nazir Ansari and Naveen Dalal of India won the bronze medal by defeating Nurshat Toleukassym and Sagdat Duisembayev of Kazakhstan 125-120.

In the women’s F34 shot throw and women’s T12 100m, Simran and Bhagyashri Madhavrao Jadhav took home silver medals, respectively. Jadhav cleared 7.54 metres, while Simran recorded 26.12 seconds.

In the men’s T35 100m, Narayan Thakur finished in third place with a timing of 14.37 seconds. In the men’s T37 100m, Shreyansh Trivedi also won bronze in 12.24 seconds.

After losing their respective semifinal matches, Sukant Indukant Kadam (men’s singles SL4), Sivan Nithya Sumathy (women’s singles SH6), Manisha Ramadass (women’s singles SU5), Mandeep Kaur/Manisha Ramadass (women’s doubles SL3-SU5), Krishna Nagar/Sivarajan Solaimalai (men’s doubles SH6), and Pramod Bhagat/Sukant Indukant Kadam (men’s doubles SL3-SL4) all took home bronze medals in para badminton.

Bhaveshkumar Rathi Himanshi won a bronze medal in the women’s individual standard VI-B1 chess event.

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