September 3, 2021 (Agencies): Praveen Kumar wins silver in the men’s high jump T64 event on Friday with a new Asian record jump of 2.07m.
The 18-year-old Kumar, competing in his debut Paralympics, set a new Asian record with a 2.07m jump to finish behind Great Britain’s Jonathan Broom-Edwards, who notched up his season’s best of 2.10m for the gold. The bronze went to Rio Games champion Maciej Lepiato of Poland who produced an effort of 2.04m.
Praveen Kumar wins silver, India’s tally now at 11
India’s medal tally now stands at 11 at these Paralympics. It has now won two golds, six silvers and three bronzes. This is India’s best tally at a single edition of the Para Games. It had won four medals at Rio 2016 and four at the 1984 Paralympics.
Praveen first cleared the 1.83m mark and then opted for 1.88m, which he also cleared in his very first attempt. He then cleared the 1.93m and 1.97m marks.
Praveen failed to clear 2.01m in his first attempt but made it on the second try. He then went on to pass 2.04m in his first leap. The next clearance came at 2.07m off his first jump.
The bar was then raised to 2.10m, which Praveen failed to clear in all 3 attempts. However, Broom-Edwards cleared the mark in his third try to seal the top honour.
Praveen Kumar wins silver, despite odds
T64 classification is for athletes with a leg amputation, who compete with prosthetics in a standing position.
T44, the disability classification that Kumar has but is eligible to compete in T64, is for athletes with a leg deficiency, leg length difference, impaired muscle power or impaired passive range of movement in the legs.
Earlier achievements of athlete, before Praveen Kumar wins silver
Earlier this year, Praveen won gold at the World Para Athletics GP with a leap of 2.05m, a new Asian record. The 18-year-old missed bronze at the 2019 Junior World Para Athletics Championships.
However, his fourth-place finish was enough for him to qualify for the Tokyo Paralympics.