Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Yogesh Kathuniya wins silver in discus throw

Indian discus thrower Yogesh Kathuniya clinched the silver medal in the Men's Discus Throw Final (F56) at the Tokyo Paralympics on Monday.

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: Yogesh Kathuniya clinched the silver medal in the men's discus F56 event.   -  REUTERS

Indian discus thrower Yogesh Kathuniya clinched the silver medal in the Men's Discus Throw Final (F56) at the Tokyo Paralympics on Monday. Batista dos Santos from Brazil took gold and L. Diaz Aldana from Cuba bagged silver.

Kathuniya registered his season-best of 44.38m in his sixth and final attempt. Brazil's Claudiney Batista took the gold, setting a paralympic record with a throw of 45.59m. Leonardo Diaz Aldana of Cuba bagged bronze with 43.36m.

Yogesh Kathuniya

Date of Birth: 03rd March 1997

Native: Haryana

Sport: Para Athletics

Event: Men’s Discus Throw

Category: F56 (Limb deficiency, leg length difference, impaired muscle power or impaired range of movement)

Training base: Sonipat

Personal coach: Mr. Naval Singh

National coach:NA

Achievements

World rank 3 in Men’s Discus Throw F56 Category

Bronze medal in World Para Athletics Championship, Dubai 2019.

2 Gold medals in 2019 Handisport Open, Paris

Gold medal in Indian Grand Prix, Bangalore 2019

FOLLOW HERE: Tokyo Paralympics 2020 LIVE Day 6, live updates: Avani Lekhara wins gold in 10m Air Rifle; Yogesh Kathuniya and Jhajharia take silver, bronze for Sundar Singh Gurjar

Kathuniya holds degrees in B.Com from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University. His father was a retired army officer. Kathuniya is suffering from a severe condition called Guillain-Barré Syndrome (Quadriparesis) in all four limbs. He started discus throw in 2017. His mother, Meena Devi, supported him when no one else did. He started his career in 2018 in the Asian Para Games 2018 and secured fourth place in Discus Throw. His inspiration was discus thrower Vikas Gowda.

Earlier in the day, India's Avani Lekhara scripted history by winning gold in the Women's 10m Air Rifle (SH1) shooting event, becoming the first Indian woman to bag the top honour at the Paralympics.

For more updates, follow Sportstar on :