It has become India’s most successful Paralympics Campaign at Tokyo 2020, with India securing 7 medals. Yogesh Kathuniya is the latest addition to the tally of India’s medals. Yogesh has bagged a second position, Silver in the Men’s Discus Throw F56 event! It was his throw of 44.38m that helped him secure this feat. With this Yogesh has become one of only a few Indian athletes who have bagged a medal in the track and field events for India at the Olympics or Paralympics. With this now all eyes are on other Indian athletes and how they perform.
Yogesh Kathuniya Wins Silver: –
Yogesh Kathuniya bagged a silver and India’s 11th medal overall in the track and field events at the Paralympics. This was India’s 6th medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic campaign. With this medal, India has made sure it dominates the field circuit at the Para Games. Yogesh was looking in top-notch form prior to the event. Yogesh qualified for the finals with absolute ease. In the finals, he was up against the 8 best para-athletes in his event. The other contenders for a medal were Brazilian, Cuban, Greek, Slovakian, and Serbian athletes. Each of the athletes was given 6 throwing opportunities of which their best one was to be evaluated.
Yogesh Kathuniya Finals: –
Yogesh began the finals on a sour note by committing a foul in the first attempt. But then on Yogesh flourished like a blooming flower. His second throw was 42.84m. The third one was again a foul. The fourth one again was not considered! However, the tables turned in the 5th and the 6th throws. Yogesh’s 5th throw was 43.55m and his last one was 44.38m. Although his 5th throw was also equivalent to getting him a silver, Yogesh showed his best in the last throw. His Brazilian opponent with the name, Batista Dos Santos threw as follows; 44.57, 43.77, 44.92, 45.25, 45.59. The Brazilian dominated throughout and deserved to get the Gold. The Cuban Athlete finished 3rd.
The final leaderboard was as follows: –
Batista Dos Santos, Brazil, 45.59m – Gold
Yogesh Kathuniya, India, 44.38m – Silver
L Diaz Aldana, Cuba, 43.36m – Bronze