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India Secures Silver, Bronze at Para Athletics Worlds

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High jumper Nishad Kumar and 200-meter runner Preethi Pal gave the Indian team their first medals at the World Para Athletics Championships on Sunday in Kobe, Japan, with silver and bronze, respectively. On the third day of competition, Kumar, a silver medallist at the Tokyo Paralympics, won India’s first medal in the men’s T47 high jump final after clearing 1.99 meters. With a jump of 2.05 meters, American Roderick Townsend took home the gold. With a season-best 1.90m effort, Ram Pal, another Indian competitor, placed sixth.

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Kumar had also won a silver in the same event in the 2023 edition of the World Para Athletics Championships in Paris.

The T47 classification is meant for para track athletes with a below elbow or wrist amputation or impairment.

Preethi Pal then added a bronze to India’s tally after finishing third in women’s T35 200m final with a time of 30.49 seconds.

Athletes who have co-ordination impairments compete in T35 category.

Deepthi Jeevanji qualified for the women’s T20 400m final after winning her heat race in an Asian record time of 56.18 seconds.

The T20 category is meant for athletes who have intellectual impairment. China topped the medal tally with 26 podium finishes (10 gold, 8 silver, 8 bronze) after Day 3. The Indian team is currently at 29th place. The championships will continue till May 25.

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