Yogesh Kathuniya clinch Silver Medal in Paralympics

Discus thrower, Yogesh Kathuniya, clinched a silver medal on August 30 in the men’s F56 event in 2020 Paralympics.

Highlights

  • On August 29, India picked up a silver in high jump and a bronze in discus throw, which is on hold because of a protest.
  • Brazil’s defending champion and world record holder, Claudiney Batista dos Santos, won the gold medal for best throw of 45.59m.
  • Leonardo Diaz Aldana from Cuba won the bronze for throw of 43.36m.

Men’s F56 event

In the F56 classification, athletes have full arm as well as trunk muscle power. Pelvic stability is provided to full ability in order to press the knees together.

Who is Yogesh Kathuniya?

He is a 24-year-old, B.Com graduate from Kirorimal College of Delhi. He is the son of an Army Man. He suffered a paralytic attack, when he was eight. Attack left him with coordination impairments in his limbs. During KMC, his potential was noticed by several coaches following which he came under tutelage of Satyapal Singh at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. After some years, coach naval Singh started guiding him.

His achievements

2018 Para-athletics Grand Prix Competition in Berlin was his first even international competition in which he created a world record in F36 category. He won a bronze medal in 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai with the throw of 42.51m. This win made ways for him to Tokyo. At Tokyo Paralympics, he sent the disc to a distance of 44.38m in his sixth which was the last attempt to clinch the silver medal.

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