Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Have a glance at the Indian gold medalists who created history

Previously, India performed well in the Rio Paralympics. Badminton's debut at Tokyo Paralympics gave a boost to India's performance, as two out of five medals came from badminton. The medal haul of 19 medals helped the Indian team to finish at the 24th spot. 

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History is created at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 by the Indian contingent. Because of this year's performance, India has taken a giant leap in Paralympic Games. Tokyo 2020 was India's best edition for the medal hauls as the athletes broke all previous records. Before Tokyo, India won overall 12 medals combined in the Paralympic Games. In Tokyo, the Indian contingent won 19 medals overall which include five gold medals, eight silver, and six bronze medals.

Previously, India performed well in the Rio Paralympics. Badminton's debut at Tokyo Paralympics gave a boost to India's performance, as two out of five medals came from badminton. The medal haul of 19 medals helped the Indian team to finish at the 24th spot. 

Five para-athletes stole the show by winning the gold medal by giving all Indians a moment of pride as the Indian National Anthem played after the medal ceremony. If by any chance you missed the names of the gold medalists, have a look.

Avani Lekhara(Shooting): Opened the streaks of gold medals for India and, she is the first female athlete to win a gold medal for the country. Avani Lekhara won the gold in shooting, an event from which the expectations were high. Abhinav Bindra's autobiography inspired Lekhara to take up the sport of shooting. Lekhara won the medal by setting a Paralympic record and equalling the world record score of 239.7. After the gold, she also won a bronze medal in R8 50m rifle.

Sumit Antil (Athletics): Antil's performance was impressive and, he kept on breaking his own records. He set the world records thrice in his six attempts. He dominated in the men's F64 javelin throw and made a start with 66.95m throw by breaking his previous personal best of 62.88m. His next throws were 68.08m, 65.27m, 66.71m, and the gold medal-winning throw of 68.55m. Sumit Antil always wanted to be an athlete. Before meeting with an accident he wanted to become a boxer, and the accident made him change his field but not the goal.

Manish Narwal (Shooting): The world record holder in P4 Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 added one more feather to his hat by winning the gold medal and setting a Paralympic record. Narwal set the record score of 218.2 to claim his medal in an exciting game. He was a congenital impairment because of which he cannot raise his hands. Narwal belongs to a sports-oriented family which hails from Ballabhgardh, Haryana. He was interested in sports during childhood and wished to become a footballer. But his condition did not allow him to do so and, he took up shooting in 2016 at the age of 15.

Pramod Bhagat (Badminton)Bhagat is a reigning world champion and everyone's favourite. He stood true to people's expectations and won the gold medal for the country in the badminton men's singles SL3 category. Previously, as Asian Champion, Bhagat was infected with polio. But, he loved the sport of badminton, and he competed against all able-bodied players. He has won bronze in the 2014 Para Asian Games and a gold medal in the 2019 World Para-Badminton Championship.

Krishna Nagar (Badminton): The unbeaten star won the gold medal in style by defeating Hong Kong's Chu Man Kai in men's singles SH6.He took up the sport after being encouraged by his cousin. He seriously started playing the sports four years back and, he won a bronze at Para Asian Games. Also claimed a bronze and a silver in singles and doubles of the 2019 World Championships.