Tokyo Paralympics 2020, September 3 Highlights: Praveen Kumar wins high jump silver; shooter Avani, archer Harvinder win bronze

Praveen Kumar (silver), Avani Lekhara (bronze), Harvinder Singh (bronze) ensured another memorable day for India at the Paralympics.

Avani Lekhara has qualified for the 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 Final to be held at 10.00 a.m. on Friday.   -  REUTERS

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

 

Praveen Kumar (silver), Avani Lekhara (bronze), Harvinder Singh (bronze) ensured another memorable day for India at the Paralympics. India now has 13 medals from Paralympics in Tokyo. It is already the country's best ever showing.

Thanks for joining in. Do tune in tomorrow for live updates, and possibly more medals to celebrate from Tokyo. 

Archery:

Men's Recurve Bronze medal match  - Harvinder Singh vs Min Su Kim (KOR)

  • SHOOTOFF: Kim takes aim first and gets an 8! HARVINDER WINS BRONZE with a 10 in the shootoff! This is India's first archery medal.
  • Set 5: Kim gets a 10 in his last arrow and Harvinder gets a 9 after similar 9,8 shots in the first two arrows. Kim wins the fifth set 27-26 to take the bronze medal playoff to a shootoff.
  • Set 4: Harvinder needed an 8 or more to win the match and pocket the bronze, but gets a 7! Kim survives to fight the final set. Third set 25-25 and Harvinder leads 5-3.  If the Korean wins the fifth set, it will go into a shootoff.
  • Set 3: Harvinder pockets the third set 28-25 (Harvinder: 10,10,8 and Kim: 8,8,9). Harvinder leads 4-2. He is a set away from winning India's first archery medal in Paralympics and Olympics. 
  • Set 2: The Korean makes a strong comeback with a 9,10,10. India's Harvinder gets an 8, 10,9 for a 29-27 verdict. The scores are tired 2-2 at the end of the second set.
  • Set 1: Harvinder Singh wins the first set 26-24. Indian gets a 10,7,9 while Korea's Kim gets 9,6,9.

Athletics:

Men's shot put F57: India's Soman Rana will be in action in the men's shotput F57 from 3.40pm IST. Again, each athlete will finish all their attempts at one stretch before the next competitor takes over. Soman Rana is seventh in the order out of a total of 15 athletes

  • Soman Rana has a best throw of 13.81m which came in his very first attempt. He is currently on top of the standings with six more athletes yet to come. He had throws of 13.81, 12.92, X,X, 13.36, 13.37 in his six attempts.
  • Soman continues to be on top after 10 athletes complete their throws. But the next five all have better personal bests than Soman Rana. Will it be his day?
  • Soman has been pushed to the second spot by Syria's Mohamad who manages a 14.21. Mohamad's 14.21 has been disallowed. Soman back on top.
  • Brazil's Marco Aurelio Borges sets a Paralympic Record of 14.85 in his third attempt to take the top spot.
  • China's Guoshan Wu sets a new Paralympic Record of 15.00 to take the top spot and push Soman Rana to the third. Brazil's Thiago Santos will be the last athlete to compete, who has a World Record throw of 15.26. Unless the Brazilian has a lacklustre day, it is likely that the Indian will finish fourth in the final.
  • India's Soman Rana finishes fourth in men's shot put F57 event.
  • Brazil's Thiago Paulino dos Santos wins the gold medal with a throw of 15.10 (PR). China's Guoshan Wu takes the silver and Brazil's Aurelio Borges wins the bronze.

Women's Club Throw F51: India's Kashish Lakra and Ekta Bhyan will be in action in the Club throw finals from 3:30pm IST. Each athlete will finish their six attempts together before the next athlete takes over. India's Kashish will be the third athlete to compete. Ekta Bhyan will enter the stadium as the fifth contestant in an 8-member field.

  • Kasish Lakra gets her best throw of 12.66 in his fourth attempt. She manages a 12.14, 12.55, 11.97, 12.66, x, x, 12.66 in her six attempts. She is the third athlete to compete in the final and is currently placed second.

  • Russian (RPC) Elena Gorlova registers a new Paralympic Record with a throw of 24.08 in her fourth attempt. That's nearly double the distance registered by India's Kashish Lakra. 

  • A case of nerves from Ekta Bhyan? The World No. 5 manages a best effort of 8.38m which is way below her personal best of 16.63.   She managed to register her first legal throw in the third attempt for a 7.07.  She had scores of x,x, 7.07, 2.69, 8.38, 5.54 in her six attempts.

  • Cassie Mitchell of USA now holds the Paralympic Record with a 24.18 effort in his fourth attempt to overtake Elena Gorlova for the top spot.  India's Kashish Lakra and Ekta Bhyan are out of medal contention.

  • India's Kashish Lakra finishes sixth while Ekta Bhyan ends eighth in the women's club throw F51 event.

  • Ukraine's Zoia Ovsii takes the gold medal with a Paralympic record of 24.85. Cassie Mitchell of USA and Elena Gorlova settle for silver and bronze.

Archery: Men's recurve semifinal: Harvinder Singh vs Kevin Mather (USA)

  • Harvinder Singh will compete in the bronze medal playoff shortly after the second semifinal.
  • Set 5:  Harvinder Singh needed a 10 to take the match to a shootoff, but manages an 8 and loses the semifinals 6-4. The American wins the fifth set 26-24.
  • Set 4: Mather needed a 7 with his third arrow to win the semifinal, but manages only a 6! Harvinder survives and the winner will now be decided in the fifth and final set. Harvinder wins the fourth set 25-24.
  • Set 3: It's another tie at 25-25. Mather now leads 4-2. Harvinder: 9,7,9 ; Mather: 9,8,8.
  • Set 2:  Both the archers shoot 24 each to split points. Mather leads 3-1. India's Harvinder shoots a series of 7,8,9 while Mather gets a triple 8.
  • Set 1: USA's Kevin Mather takes the first set 28-25. Harvinder gets 8,10,7 while Mather shoots a 8,10,10.

 

Badminton:

Palak Kohli loses in the women's SU5 quarterfinal to Kaede Kameyama of Japan.

  • Game 2: Palak Kohli puts up a better resistance but goes down 21-15 in the second game. Her campaign ends in the quarterfinal. 
  • Game 1: Japan's Kameyama dominates in the first game. She wins 21-11. 

Archery: Men's recurve quarterfinal: Harvinder Singh vs Maik Szarszewski

  • Harvinder wins the quarterfinal 6-2. He wins the fourth set 26 (8,9,9) - 23 (8,7,8) to book his spot in the semifinals. His semifinal ( opponent undecided) is scheduled to be held at 5:00pm IST.
  • Set 3: Germany's Maik makes a strong comeback to take the third set 28-25. The German shoots a series of 10,9,9 while the Indian comes up with an effort of 8,8,9. Harvinder leads 4-2 going into the fourth set.
  • Set 2: The Indian was in supreme form in this set. He shoots 9,9,10 for a total of 28. The German is nowhere close as he finishes with 23 points (7,7,9)
  • Set 1: India's Harvinder takes the first set 25-21. He has series of 8,9,8 while his German opponent manages a 8,6,7.  

 

Archery Men’s Individual Recurve - Open round of 16: Vivek Chikara goes down 3-7 to Great Britain's David Phillips in the 1/8 Elimination round

Badminton: Tarun Dhillon vs Fredy Setiawan - men's singles SL4 -

GAME 1: Indonesia's Fredy Setiawan opens up a 2-point lead at the start. It's 7-5 in favour of the Indonesian. Tarun trails Fredy 8-12 at the moment. Make that 10-13. Good fight from the Indian. Makes it 13-13 before pulling ahead 14-13. Tarun led briefly but Fredy draws level at 19-19 before taking the first game 21-19. That first game lasted 15 mins.

GAME 2: Similar template - Fredy opens up a three-point lead at 5-2. Make that 6-2. Fredy pulling away now: 9-3. The Indonesian shuttler is galloping now - eight-point lead at 12-4. Make that 14-6 now. He has now racked up a 11-point lead in the second game. He makes light work of the Indian in the second game. Tarun Dhillon loses to Fredy Setiawan 19-21, 9-21.

Archery Men’s Individual Recurve - Open round of 16: Harvinder Singh wins by the barest of margins! He's through to the quarterfinals after a shoot-off win over RPC's Bato Tsydendorzhiev. He will be in action at 4 pm again. Vivek Chikara will be in round of 16 action shortly.

Badminton: Suhas Yathiraj vs Lucas Mazur men's singles SL4 -

Off we go. The match finally gets underway.

GAME 1:  Early lead for the Frenchman. Goes 2-1 up. Opens up a four-point lead, does Lucas. It's 6-2 in favour of Lucas. Suhas playing catch-up for now. The Indian shuttler has bounced back - it's 6-all. 7-7 now. Both players going neck and neck at the moment. Lucas pulling away now - opens up a 6-point lead at 16-10. It's 18-14 in favour of Lucas 17 mins into this match. And he takes the first game 21-15, does Lucas, the No. 1 seed.  Can Suhas fight back in the second?

GAME 2:  It's 1-1 to start with. Lucas races to a 5-1 lead. Suhas not out of the contest yet but Lucas holding on to his lead for now - 7-5. Make that 9-5. It's 11-6 in favour of the Frenchman, 12 mins into the second game. Lucas pulling away now: 15-8. Suhas' challenge seems to be fading away. Lucas two points from winning this match. Suhas takes a few points off Lucas but is it all too little too late? It's 19-12 now. 20-13. 20-15... Suhas chipping away at the lead. 20-17 now. This is terrific from the Indian shuttler. But Lucas prevails in the end. He takes the second game 21-17 and with it, the match too. Well played, Suhas.  Both Suhas and Lucas have already qualified for the semis. The match was to decide who tops the group.

MATCH STARTS AT 1:10 PM IST.

Badminton- Men's Singles SH6 Group B- Krishna Nagar vs Vitor Goncalves Tavares (BRA)

GAME 1: Krishna takes the first game 21-17 in 12 minutes.

Game 2: Krishna opens up an early 2-point lead. The Brazilian fights back to go 5-3 up. Krishna draws level at 5-5 and then goes on to open up a two-point lead at 7-5. Vitor is fighting tooth and nail. He takes the lead again albeit by just one point (10-9). Fortunes fluctuating in this second game - Krishna pulls ahead again. It's 13-11 in favour of Krishna at the moment. He's pulling away, is Krishna. 16-11 now. 18-11 and the Indian is cruising towards victory at the moment. That's it. Krishna beats Vitor 21-17, 21-14 in less than 30 minutes! He is now through to the semis.

Men's Singles SH6 match between Krishna and Vitor will be underway soon.

UPDATE- Pramod Bhagat/Palak Kohli to face the number one seed of Hary Susanto/ Leani Ratri Oktila from Indonesia in the Mixed Doubles SL3-SU5 semifinal tomorrow.

SHOOTING

Avani Lekhara becomes first Indian woman to win two medals at Paralympics  

AVANI LEKHARA- 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 Final

  • What a brilliant comeback from the Indian who had slipped to sixth position after six series. Avani is the only Indian woman to win two medals in Paralympics. Also she is only the fourth Indian after Joginder Singh Bedi, Mariyappan Thangavelu and Devendra Jhajharia to win multiple medals at the Paralympics.
  • China's Zhang C wins gold with a total score of 457. 9 with a new paralympic record, Natascha Hiltrop of Germany wins silver with a total score of 457.1.
  • Avani Lekhara wins bronze in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 with a total score of  445.9 points
  • A 10.2 from Lekhara ensures India another medal, making her the only Indian in Tokyo Paralympics to win two medals.
  • AVANI LEKHARA GUARANTEES INDIA ANOTHER MEDAL
  • One shot to make a difference for the India.
  • The Indian has slipped down to fourth place with a 10.2 score.
  • Avani back in the podium, tied third with a 10.3 point shot.
  • Lekhara back in fourth place with the eight series scoring 50.8 points.
  • With a total score of 353.9, Avani is currently in the fifth position.
  • With the standing position remaining, Avani would hope to get back to the podium position as the gold medallist of the Women's 10m AR Standing SH1 event.
  • The Indian slipped further down to sixth place after six series with a total of 303.4 in the kneeling and prone position.
  • Avani back in the fourth place with the fifth series scoring 51.4 points.
  • Avani finished the fourth series with a disappointing 9.6 in prone position and has slipped to the fifth position.
  • Avani's 12th shot in kneeling position which landed on the 8.5 mark was her only shot that landed below the 9 point mark. 
  • With a total score of 149. 5 in the kneeling position, Avani maintains her spot at fourth place.
  • Avani has scored a total of 101.1 after the second series in kneeling position and is currently in fourth place.

ARCHERY

Chikara Vivek vs Sampath Bandara Megahamulea Gadara (SRI)

Men's Individual Recurve (Open 1/16 Elimination)

  • Chikara Vivek made his way to the 1/8 Elimination Stage by winning the contest 6-2 (25-22, 24-25, 25-21, 25-21). He will be in action in his 1/8 Elimination clash at 3:00 p.m. IST.

SHOOTING

AVANI LEKHARA- 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1- Qualification

Avani finishes No.2; qualifies for Final

  • Avani qualifies for the Final after finishing second in qualification. She finished with a total of 1176 with 388, 393 and 395 in Kneeling, Prone and Standing, respectively.
  • Avani is placed third after scoring 388 in Kneeling with consistent series scores of 98, 97, 97, 96.

DEEPAK SAINI- Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1- Qualification

  • Deepak finishes 18th out of 19 competitors with a total 1114 and fails to qualify for the Final. In the three positions of Kneeling, Prone and Standing, Deepak registered scores of 372, 383 and 359, respectively.
  • Deepak is last (19th) after the end of the Kneeling round, registering 372 (91, 96, 91, 94).

ATHLETICS

PRAVEEN KUMAR- Men's High Jump T64 Final

SILVER MEDAL FOR PRAVEEN KUMAR!

  • It is silver for Praveen Kumar as he fails to clear 2.10m in his final attempt. The high-jumper wins India's 11th medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. Jonathan Broom-Edwards takes the gold with a season-best of 2.10m and retires the following attempt of 2.13m.
  • Praveen fails 2.10m in his second attempt too.
  • After Praveen and Jonathan fail to clear 2.10m in their first attempts, Jonathan does it in his second.
  • Praveen Kumar is assured of a silver medal as Poland's Lepiato fails to clear 2.07m in his three attempts. However, Broom-Edwards from GBR clears the height in his third and final attempt and is still in the hunt.
  • Kumar clears 2.07m in the second attempt, setting an Area Record, while his competitors fail to clear the height in their second go.
  • Praveen Kumar, as well as his two competitors, fails to clear 2.07m in the first attempt.
  • He is unstoppable as he goes past 2.04m in the first attempt.  All three competitors have cleared 2.04m.
  • After failing to clear 2.01m in his first attempt, Praveen Kumar overcomes it in his second go.
  • He clears 1.97m in his first attempt and now he is assured of a medal.
  • Praveen Kumar is among three competitors left and is assured of a medal if he clears his next attempt of 1.97m.
  • The Indian is giving it a pass to 1.93m.
  • Praveen Kumar clears 1.88m in his first attempt.

BADMINTON

Pramod Bhagat/Palak Kohli vs Siripong Teamarrom/Nipada Saensupa (THA)

Mixed Doubles SL3-SU5 Group B

  • The Indian duo beat the Thai pair in straight games 21-15, 21-19 and booked a semifinal berth. It had earlier lost to the French pair of Mazur and Noel in its first Group Stage match.

BADMINTON

Manoj Sarkar vs. Oleksandr Chyrkov (UKR)- Men's Singles SL3 Group A

Manoj Sarkar beats Chyrkov 2-0.

  • Manoj Sarkar seals the match in straight sets 21-16, 21-9 and now has one win and one loss from his two Group Stage matches. Manoj had lost to compatriot and world-number one Pramod Bhagat 2-1 on Wednesday.

CANOE SPRINT FINAL

PRACHI YADAV- Women's Va'a Single 200m VL2

  • Prachi finishes last, clocking 1:07.329 seconds, more than ten seconds behind winner Emma Wiggs who sets a paralympic best 57.028 seconds.

BADMINTON

Tarun Dhillon vs Kyung Hwan Shin (KOR)- Men's Singles SL4 Group B

Tarun wins 21-18, 15-21, 21-17 in three-set thriller!

He will be up against Setiawan Fredy of Indonesia in his final Group B clash at 1.50 p.m. IST.

  • Tarun seals the match with a 21-17 victory in Game 3 as the 51-minute thriller comes to an end. It is two wins from two matches for Tarun, who beat Thailand's Siripong 21-7, 21-13 on Thursday.
  • Tarun has a slender 13-11 lead as both competitors are giving it their all in this contest.
  • It is 1-1 going into the decider.
  • The Korean leads an impressive fightback to take Game 2 21-15.
  • The second game is evenly poised, with scores level at 13-13.
  • Tarun battles it out to win the first game 21-18.

BADMINTON

Suhas Yathiraj vs Susanto Hary (INA)- Men's Singles SL4 Group A

Suhas Yathiraj wins 21-6, 21-12; makes it two wins in two matches.

Yathiraj will face off against France's Lucas  Mazur at 1.10 p.m. IST in his third and final Group A match.

  • Suhas cruises to a win as he takes Game 2 by 21-12.
  • Suhas wins Game 1 with ease, wrapping it up 21-6 in just eight minutes.

ARCHERY

Harvinder Singh vs Stefano Travisani (ITA)

Men's Individual Recurve (Open 1/16 Elimination)

Harvinder Singh wins in Shoot-off; enters 1/8 Elimination.

  • Singh scores a perfect 10 while Travisani hits 7 in the Shoot-off. Singh is through to the 1/8 Elimination Stage.
  • Singh loses the fifth set 27-25 and the scores are level at 5-5.  Time for a Shoot-off!
  • The archers share a point each in Set 4 as both score 25. It is 5-3 advantage Singh going into the final set.
  • The Italian won't go down without a fight as he takes Set 3 by 27-26, as the scoreline reads 4-2.
  • The Indian bags the second set too with 26-22, taking a 4-0 lead.
  • Singh takes the first set 27-24 and leads 2-0.

CANOE SPRINT

Women's Va'a Single 200m VL2 (Semifinal)

PRACHI YADAV REACHES THE FINAL!

  • Prachi Yadav finishes third in the five-member Semifinal 2, clocking 1:07.397 seconds. The top three from each semifinal will compete in a eight-member Final at 7:32 a.m. on Friday.

SWIMMING

Niranjan Mukundan- Men's 50m Butterfly S7 Heat 2

  • Mukundan finishes last in his Heat, with a time of 33.82 seconds. Mukundan and Jadhav fail to qualify for the Final.

Suyash Narayan Jadhav- Men's 50m Butterfly S7 Heat 1

  • Jadhav finishes fifth in his Heat, clocking 32.36 seconds.

BADMINTON

Palak Kohli/Parul Parmar vs Lenaig Morin/Faustine Noel (FRA)

Women's Doubles SL3-SU5 Group B

Palak and Parul lose; knocked out.

  • The Indian pair loses 21-12, 22-20 after a hard-fought contest in Game 2 where it came from behind to draw level at 20-20 before conceding two points on the trot. With this loss, Palak Kohli and Parul Parmar are knocked out of the Women's Doubles event, having lost 2-0 to the Chinese pair of Cheng and Ma in their first Group B match on Thursday.

Indians in action on September 3 (Timings in IST):

5:30 a.m.- Badminton- Women's Doubles SL3-SU5 Group B- Palak Kohli/Parul Dalsukhbhai Parmar vs Lenaig Morin/Faustine Noel (FRA)

6:00 a.m.- Shooting- R7-Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 Qualification- Deepak Saini

6:00 a.m.- Shooting- R8-Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 Qualification- Avani Lekhara

6:17 a.m.- Swimming- Men's 50m Butterfly S7 Heat 1- Suyash Narayan Jadhav

6:20 a.m.- Swimming- Men's 50m Butterfly S7 Heat 2- Niranjan Mukundan

6:21 a.m.- Canoe Sprint- Women's Va'a Single 200m VL2 (Semifinal)- Prachi Yadav

6:30 a.m.- Archery- Men's Individual Recurve (Open 1/16 Elimination)- Harvinder Singh vs Stefano Travisani (ITA)

6:50 a.m.- Badminton- Men's Singles SL4 Group B- Tarun Dhillon vs Kyung Hwan Shin (KOR)

6:50 a.m.- Badminton- Men's Singles SL4 Group A- Suhas Yathiraj vs Susanto Hary (INA)

7:30 a.m.- Badminton- Men's Singles SL3 Group A- Manoj Sarkar vs Oleksandr Chyrkov (UKR)

7:32 a.m.- Canoe Sprint- Women's Va'a Single 200m VL2 (Final)- Prachi Yadav (Subject to qualification)

7:32 a.m.- Athletics- Men's High Jump T64 Final- Praveen Kumar

8:10 a.m.- Badminton- Mixed Doubles SL3-SU5 Group B- Pramod Bhagat/Palak Kohli vs Siripong Teamarrom/Nipada Saensupa (THA)

8:45 a.m.- Archery- Men's Individual Recurve (Open 1/16 Elimination)- Chikara Vivek vs Sampath Bandara Megahamulea Gadara (SRI)

10:00 a.m.- Shooting- R8-Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 Final- Avani Lekhara (Subject to qualification)

11:45 a.m.- Shooting- R7-Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 Final- Deepak Saini (Subject to qualification)

11:50 a.m.- Badminton- Men's Singles SH6 Group B- Krishna Nagar vs Vitor Goncalves Tavares (BRA)

1:10 p.m.- Badminton- Men's Singles SL4 Group A- Suhas Yathiraj vs Lucas Mazur (FRA)

1:50 p.m.- Badminton- Men's Singles SL4 Group B- Tarun Dhillon vs Setiawan Fredy (INA)

2:15 p.m.- Archery- Men's Individual Recurve (Open 1/8 Elimination)- Harvinder Singh vs TBD (Subject to qualification)

2:28 p.m.- Swimming- Men's 50m Butterfly S7 Final- Suyash Narayan Jadhav and Niranjan Mukundan (Subject to qualification)

3 p.m.- Archery- Men's Individual Recurve (Open 1/8 Elimination)- Chikara Vivek vs TBD (Subject to qualification)

3:35 p.m.- Athletics- Women's Club Throw F51 Final- Kashish Lakra, Ekta Bhayan

3:40 p.m.- Athletics- Men's Shot Put F57 Final- Soman Rana

4 p.m.- Archery- Men's Individual Recurve (Quarterfinal)- Harvinder Singh vs TBD (Subject to qualification)

4:45 p.m.- Archery- Men's Individual Recurve (Quarterfinal)- Chikara Vivek vs TBD (Subject to qualification)

5 p.m.- Archery- Men's Individual Recurve (Semifinal)- Harvinder Singh vs TBD (Subject to qualification)

5:15 p.m.- Archery- Men's Individual Recurve (Semifinal)- Chikara Vivek vs TBD (Subject to qualification)

5:36 p.m. onwards- Archery- Men's Individual Recurve (Medal rounds)- Harvinder Singh, Chikara Vivek (Subject to qualification)

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Where to watch the Tokyo Paralympics in India?
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