Tokyo, Sept 2: India’s Praveen Kumar won a silver medal in the men’s T64 high jump event, taking the country’s medal haul to 11 in the Tokyo Paralympics.
Kumar, who was competing in his first Paralympics, set a new Asian record with a 2.07m leap to finish second behind Great Britain’s Jonathan Broom-Edwards, who won gold with a season-best jump of 2.10m. Rio Games champion Maciej Lepiato won bronze with a leap of 2.04m.
This was also Praveen Kumar’s personal best performance and his first major medal since taking up the sport in 2019. He is a resident of Noida and is now the youngest medal winner in the Indian contingent.
In the Paralympics, T64 classification is for athletes with a leg amputation, who compete with prosthetics in a standing position. Kumar’s impairment, which is congenital, affects the bones that connect his hip to his left leg.
The current Paralympic Games are turning out to be India’s best ever, with the country winning two gold, six silver, and three bronze medals so far.