Indian para high jumper Sharad Kumar broke two records to win a second successive gold medal at the Asian Para Games. Sharad made a jump of 1.90m in Men’s High Jump T42/63 category to better the Asian as well as the Games record to bag the gold medal. The high jump T42/63 covers lower limb deficiency, leg length difference, impaired muscle power and impaired range of movement.India ruled the podium in this category as the silver medal was won by Rio Paralympic bronze medallist Varun Bhati with 1.82m jump while the bronze went to Rio Paralympic gold medallist Thangavelu Mariyappan for a jump of 1.67m.
Indian javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar won a silver medal in the men’s F46 category while Rinku picked up a bronze medal in the same category. However, two-time Paralympic gold-medallist Devendra Jhajharia finished fourth. Gurjar notched up his silver with an effort of 61.33m in his fifth attempt. Rinku recorded a personal best of 60.92m for the bronze.
Medals kept coming in for India in other track-and-field events. Anandan Gunasekram claimed the men’s 400m silver in the T44, 62/64 classification, while Vinay Kumar Lal settled for the bronze in that category. Jayanti Behera also clinched a silver medal for India when she came third in the Women’s 400m T45/46/47 classification.
In the T45/46/47 classification for men’s 400m, Sandeep Maan fetched a bronze medal. This classification deals with the upper limb deficiencies and leg length difference. In the Women’s 400m T12 classification that deals with visual impairment, Radha Venkatesh took the bronze medal. Another bronze medal was won by para swimmer Swapnil Patil who finished third in the Men’s 400m Freestyle S10. The S10 category covers visual impairment. The other two bronze medal of Day 5 came through Avnil Kumar in Men’s 400M T13 and Tek Chand in Men’s Shot Put F54/55.
PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata.
After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata.
In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer.
Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream.
So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.