Tokyo Paralympics: Praveen Kumar clinches silver for India in men's high jump T64 final
The jump was the personal best of Praveen Kumar and his first major medal since taking up the sport in 2019. The Indian athlete was unable to explain his feeling after the ecstatic jump.
India's Praveen Kumar wins the silver medal in his maiden men's high jump T64 event. The 18-year-old has set a new Asian record with a 2.07m jump to finish behind Great Britain's Jonathan Broom-Edwards, who won gold with the season's best 2.10m. The Maciej Lepiato of Poland won the bronze medal with a 2.04m jump.
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The jump was the personal best of Praveen Kumar and his first major medal since taking up the sport in 2019. The Indian athlete was unable to explain his feeling after the ecstatic jump. Praveen Kumar gained confidence after he jumped over the 2m mark. The guidance of his coach helped him to clinch the 2.07m silver winning jump. Though Kumar has a leg disability in the T44 classification but is also eligible to compete in T64.
The T64 classification is for athletes who compete with a prosthetic leg in a standing position, leg length difference, leg deficiency, impaired muscle power, or impaired passive range of movement in the legs. Praveen Kumar's impairment is congenital, affects the bones that connect his hip to his left leg. The Paralympic Games are turning out to be India's best and the nation has till now claimed two gold, six silver, and three bronze medals.