Paralympics 2020: Yogesh Kathuiya clinches silver medal in men's discus throw

The 24-year-old trained himself without any coach guidance for one year and now has reached the podium making the nation proud.

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India has a silver medal in discus throw in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics 2020 by Yogesh Kathuniya. The 24-year-old trained himself without any coach guidance for one year and now has reached the podium making the nation proud. Yogesh is a B.Com graduate from Delhi's Kirorimal College, managed to send the disc to a distance of 44.38m in his sixth attempt and bagged the silver medal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted congratulating the athlete, "Outstanding performance by Yogesh Kathuniya. Delighted that he brings home the Silver medal. His exemplary success will motivate budding athletes. Congrats to him. Wishing him the very best for his future endeavours. #Paralympics." 

This win has motivated the Indian athlete to pursue the gold medal at Paris 2024 Paralympics. While preparing for the games, the young athlete had faced difficulties because training facilities were closed down due to lockdowns. Kathuniya suffered a paralytic attack at the age of eight, which let him coordination impairments of his limbs. He ended up finishing one meter away from a gold medal in the Paralympics