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Yogesh Kathuniya takes silver in the men's discus throw at the Paralympics in Tokyo

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Monday, 30th August 2021

Yogesh Kathuniya, a discus thrower, won a silver medal in the men's F56 category at the Paralympics here on Monday, continuing India's winning streak at the Games. In his sixth and final effort to win silver, the 24-year-old, a B.Com graduate of New Delhi's Kirorimal College, sent the disc to a best distance of 44.38m. India had won a silver (high jump) and a bronze (discus throw) on Sunday, but the competition was put on hold owing to a complaint. Kathuniya, the son of an Army officer, suffered a paralytic attack when he was eight years old, leaving him with limb coordination issues.

Claudiney Batista dos Santos of Brazil, the defending champion, reigning world champion, and world record holder, won gold with a best throw of 45.59 metres, while Leonardo Diaz Aldana of Cuba got bronze with a throw of 43.36 metres.


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Athletes in the F56 division have complete arm and trunk muscle power. Some people have the capacity to fully press their knees together, which gives them pelvic stability.

Kathuniya took bronze in the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai, with a best throw of 42.51 metres, earning him a spot in the Tokyo Olympics.

Several coaches spotted his talent when he was at the KMC, and he was soon under the supervision of Satyapal Singh at the Jawaharlal Nehuru Stadium.

He began working with coach Naval Singh a few years later. In his first international tournament, the Para-athletics Grand Prix in Berlin in 2018, he set a world record in the F36 category.

The News Talkie Bureau



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