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World Para Athletics Championships 2024- India finishes on a high note

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India won a total of 6 gold, 5 silver, and 6 bronze to register their best-ever performance at the World Para Athletics Championships 2024.

In this edition of World Para Athletics Championships, India won a total of 17 medals, thus, overcoming the previous record of 10 medals won at the 2023 World Para Athletics Championships in Paris.

Gold Medal Winners for India

Deepthi Jeevanji

Deepthi Jeevanji is the daughter of daily-wage labourer from Telangana’s Warangal who overcame financial hardships to reach the pinnacle of success.

Jeevanji bagged the gold medal at World Para Athletics Championships 2024 with a world record time of 55.07 seconds in the Women’s 400m T20 category Race. She broke the previous record of 55.12 seconds set by Breanna Clark of the US at the 2023 edition.

Sachin Khilari

Sachin Khilari fractured his left hand and falling from a bicycle when he was nine-years old. Despite the physical setback, he took up sports and started with Javelin and Discus Throw. But, a shoulder injury forced him to switch to Shot Put.

Khilari defended his title in the Men’s Shot Put F46 final with a new Asian record at World Para Athletics Championships 2024 in Kobe.

Mariyappan Thangavelu

Two-time Paralympics medallist Mariyappan Thangavelu clinched his maiden World Championships gold medal in Men’s T63 High Jump event at Kobe.

Additionally On his way to the gold medal, he broke previous championship record of 1.83m held by Sharad Kumar.

Sumit Antil
 
The reigning Paralympics and World champion Sumit Antil in the Men’s F64 Javelin Throw. He successfully defended his gold medal with an impressive throw of 69.50m. 
 
Ekta Bhyan
 
Ekta Bhyan secured the gold medal with a season’s best throw of 20.12m in the Women’ F51 Club Throw. 
 
In 2013, Ekta suffered quadriplegic spinal cord injury and is wheelchair bound since then. She took up sports after her selection in the Haryana government as HCS officer.
 
In 2018, she won gold medal at the Asian Para Games in Jakarta.
 
Simran Sharma
 
Simran won the gold medal in Women’s 200m T12 event with a personal best time of 24.95 seconds.
 
Hailing from Burari village in Delhi, Simran was born prematurely with impaired vision. She is unable to see beyond 10m.
 
Simran won a silver each in 100m and 200m at the Hangzhou Para Asian Games. 
 

Silver Medal Winners for India

India won five silver medals at the World Para Athletics Championships 2024-

  • Yogesh Khatuniya -Men’s F56 Discus throw
  • Nishad Kumar- Men’s T47 High Jump
  • Rinku Hooda- Men’s F46 Javelin Throw
  • Kashish Lakra- Women’s F51 Club Throw
  • Bhagyashri Jadhav- Women’s F34 shot Put

Bronze Medal Winners for India

India won six bronze medals at the World Para Athletics Championships 2024-

  • Dharambir- Men’s F51 Club Throw
  • Navdeep- Men’s F41 Javelin Throw
  • Ajeet Singh- Men’s F46 Javelin Throw
  • Sandeep- Men’s F64 Javelin Throw F64
  • Preeti Pal- Women’s T35 100m and Women’s T35 200m

Preethi Pal became the first-ever Indian athlete to win two medals in a single edition of the World Para Athletics Championships.

 
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