Tokyo Paralympics, August 31 Highlights: India wins two medals in high jump, Singhraj Adana wins bronze in 10m air pistol final

Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Catch all the updates from disciplines with Indian athletes in action on Day 7 (August 31) of the showpiece event.

Mariyappan Thangavelu

India's Mariyappan Thangavelu will be in action today.   -  REUTERS

Welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of the Indian athletes in action at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020.



Shooting: Singhraj Adana won bronze in 10m air pistol final.

Shooting: Rubina Francis came seventh in the women's 10m air pistol SH1 final.

Archery: Rakesh Kumar lost 143-145 to Ai Xinliang of China in the quarterfinals of the men's individual compound open event.

Table Tennis: Doubles pair of Bhavina Patel and Sonal Patel went down 0-3 to China's Y Zhou and B Zhang in Doubles Classes 4-5 Quarterfinal match and 0-2 overall.

Shot Put: Bhagyashri Jadhav finished seventh with a personal best throw of 7m in the Women's Shot Put F34 final

Men's High Jump: Thangavelu Mariyappan and Sharad Kumar won silver and bronze medals,respectively in the men's high jump - T63 final.



  • 1.88m: Mariyappan fails to clear in his first two attempts. USA's Sam Grewe also fails in his first two attempts. If the two fail in their third attempts, gold medal will be shared. Sam clears in his third attempt while Mariyappan fails. It is silver for India's Thangavelu Mariyappan
  • 1.86m: Both the Indians miss the mark in their first attempts. The American has also failed in his first. No luck for any of them in their second attempts as well. Mariyappan clears it in his third and final attempt! USA's Sam manages to clear in this third as well. Sharad Kumar fails in his third  attempt and will be settling for the bronze medal.
  • TWO MEDALS CONFIRMED for India from Mariyappan and Sharad Kumar.
  • 1.83m: Mariyappan and Sharad haven't had any difficulty so far in the campaign. They again clear the mark in their first attempts. USA's Sam Grewe is the only other athlete to clear the mark which means India is definitely walking away with two medals from the high jump.
  • 1.80m - Mariyappan and Sharad clear in first attempt.  Varun Bhati's campaign ends after failing to clear the height in his three attempts. Only five athletes manage to cross the 1.80 mark and will proceed to the next height.
  • Mariyappan and Sharad have no trouble clearing 1.77m in their first attempts. It has been smooth sailing so far for India's medal hopefuls. After just about managing to cross 1.73m, Varun joins his compatriots in clearing 1.77 in his first attempt.  Seven athletes remain in the competition out of which three are Indians!
  • Both Mariyappan and Sharad clear 1.73 in their first attempt in Tokyo. Varun Bhati misses his first.  Each athlete will get a maximum of three attempts to clear a given height.  Varun clears the 1.73m mark in this third attempt to stay alive in the competition.
  • Varun Bhati has cleared his starting mark of 1.69 in the first attempt. Next jump would be for 1.73.

Men's High Jump T63 is underway. India's Rio 2016 gold medallist Mariyappan Thangavelu, Sharad Kumar and Varun Singh Bhati will be seen in action. India has a fair chance of winning more than one medal in the high jump event.  M. Thangavelu has a personal best of 1.89 and Sharad Kumar has a personal best of 1.90. Both Thangavelu and Sharad Kumar will open at 1.73 mark while Varun Singh, who has a 1.86 PB, will start his attempts at 1.69m mark

India's Nishad had won the high jump silver medal in the T-47 category.



Action is underway in the men's 10m air pistol sh1 final. Singhraj is No. 2 after completing first five shots of Series 1. He trails China's Chao Yang by 0.2 points. Narwal is currently seventh. Singhraj retains No. 2 spot after completing Series 2. His total is 99.6. Narwal is sixth with 97.2. The elimination round is now underway. Ibragimov Server from Uzbekistan is tied second with Singhraj briefly. Singhraj slips to third with a total of 138.7. China's Chao Yang and Xing Huang are 1 and 2 respectively. Singhraj is now out of top 3. He is currently No. 4 with a total of 157.8. It's a Chinese 1-2-3 at the moment. Meanwhile, Manish Narwal, who topped the qualification, has been eliminated. Singhraj fighting tooth and nail - breaks into the top 3 again. But his stay is shortlived, China occupies Top 3 again. Singhraj and China's Lou Xiaolong going neck and neck at the moment. Singhraj is back in top 3; he is third with two shots left. It's a bronze medal for Singhraj, who scores 216.8!

Manish Narwal and Singhraj Adana qualify for the Men's 10m Air Pistol SH1 final. They came first and sixth respectively in the qualification. Deepender Singh finished 10. Only the top eight qualify. Manish and Singhraj will be in action again at 11am.

Rubina will be in action in the 10m Air Pistol Standing SH1 finals at 8.30 am. Rubina is currently fifth in the standings.

Rubina Francis is second to be eliminated in the eight-shooter final, after shooting 14 shots. She finished seventh.


Bhagyashri Jadhav finishes seventh with a personal best throw of 7m in the Women's Shot Put F34 final


Rakesh Kumar goes down 143-145 to China's Xinliang AI in Individual Compound Open Quarterfinal match.


Doubles pair of Bhavina Patel and Sonal Patel goes down 0-3 to China's Y Zhou and B Zhang in Doubles Classes 4-5 Quarterfinal match and 0-2 overall.


Rakesh Kumar vs Marian Marecak (SLO)- Men's Ind. Compound (1/8 Elimination)

  • Rakesh Kumar vs. China's Ai Xinliang in the quarterfinal (8:34 AM IST)
  • Rakesh wins 140-137 and enters the quarterfinal.
  • Rakesh and Marian both score 29 in the final end.
  • Rakesh Kumar overcomes his two-point deficit after End 2 to lead 111-108 after End 4.


Bhagyashri Jadhav- Women's Shot Put F34 Final

  • She throws a personal-best of 7.00m in her sixth and final attempt.
  • Bhagyashri begins the proceedings.

Simran Sharma- Women's 100m T13 Round 1- Heat 2

  • Simran clocks a season-best timing of 12.69 seconds.
  • Simran fails to qualify for the finals as she finishes fifth in her Heat.


Rubina Francis- Women's 10m Air Pistol Standing SH1 Qualification

  • Rubina will be in action in the finals at 8.30 AM IST.
  • Finishing with a total of 560.0, Rubina qualifies for the final on seventh position.
  • Scoring 93 twice in her final two series, Rubina is placed seventh.
  • Rubina is 4th at the end of Series 4.
  • Rubina registers 95 and 92 in the third and fourth series, respectively.
  • Rubina is placed second after scoring 91 and 96 in her first two series.
  • Rubina to begin action shortly at the Asaka Shooting Range

Stay tuned! The live coverage begins shortly.

Indians in action on August 31 (Timings in IST):

6:00 a.m- Shooting- Women's 10m air pistol SH1-Qualification- Rubina Francis 

6:56 a.m- Athletics- Women's shot put F34 Finals- Bhagyashri Jadhav

7:08 a.m- Athletics- Women's 100m- T13 Round 1- Heat 2- Simran Sharma 

7:12 a.m- Archery- Men's Individual Compound (Open 1/8 Elimination) - Rakesh Kumar vs Marian Marecak (Slovakia)

8:00 a.m- Table Tennis- Women's team class 4-5 Quarterfinals- China vs India 

8:30 a.m- Shooting- Women's 10m air pistol SH1 finals- Rubina Francis (If she qualifies)

8:30 a.m- Shooting- Men's 10m air pistol SH1 Qualification- Manish Narwal, Deepender Singh and Singhraj 

8:34 a.m- Archery- Men's Individual Compound (Open Quarterfinal)- Rakesh Kumar vs TBD (Only if Rakesh wins the Open 1/8 Elimination round)

9:08 a.m onwards- Archery- Men's Individual Compound (Open Semifinal)- Rakesh Kumar vs TBD (Only if Rakesh wins the Quarterfinals) 

9:48 a.m onwards- Archery- Men's Individual Compound (Open Finals/ Medal round)- Rakesh Kumar vs TBD (Only if Rakesh wins the semifinals, if he loses then bronze medal match at 9:48 a.m.)

11:00 a.m- Shooting- Men's 10m air pistol SH1 finals- Manish Narwal, Deepender Singh and Singhraj (If either qualify to the finals)

3:55 p.m- Athletics- Men's High Jump- T63 Finals -Mariyappan Thangavelu, Sharad Kumar and Varun Singh Bhati

4:40 p.m- Athletics- Women's 100m T13 Finals- Simran Sharma (If she qualifies)


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  • When will Indian athletes play at the Tokyo Paralympics today?
    Events of Indian interest at the Tokyo Paralympics will begin at 6:00 AM IST on August 31, 2021.
  • Where to watch the Tokyo Paralympics in India?
    The Tokyo Paralympics can be watched in India live on Eurosport and Doordarshan. It can also be streamed online through official channel of Prasar Bharati sports and DD National on Youtube.