Tokyo Paralympics: Silver medal for Nishad Kumar as he creates Asian record in the high jump event

Nishad shared his silver medal with USA's Dallas Wise, as he also finished with a high jump of 2.06m. Roderick Townsend of the USA set the new record by jumping 2.15m and won the gold medal.

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The 21-year-old high jumper Nishad Kumar bagged a silver medal in the men's high jump T47 event at Tokyo Paralympics 2020. He set the Asian record with a high jump of 2.06m. Nishad shared his silver medal with USA's Dallas Wise, as he also finished with a high jump of 2.06m. Roderick Townsend of the USA set the new record by jumping 2.15m and won the gold medal.

After his appreciable performance at the Tokyo Paralympics, congratulatory tweets are pouring in Twitter. President of India, Ramnath Kovind, is one of many people who congratulated him. His tweet said, "Congratulations to Nishad Kumar for winning the silver medal in men’s high jump at Tokyo #Paralympics. You have proved your excellence on the global stage, thereby bringing glory to India. My heartiest congratulations to you on your superlative performance and success." Nishad won the second medal for India in the Tokyo Paralympics 2020. Paddler Bhavina Patel won the first medal for India at the Paralympics in the form of silver.

Nishad lost his arm at the age of six as his hand went into the fodder cutting machine. He was helping his mom at their farmland. Only after watching sports on television made him interested in sports. Two years after the incident, Nishad participated in 200m and 400m races besides the high jump.