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India’s incredible Tokyo 2020 Paralympics numbers

India's incredible Tokyo 2020 Paralympics numbers


With the Tokyo Paralympics easily being India’s most successful ever, there were plenty of remarkable numbers recorded by Indian athletes.

Here’s a selection of the best:

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Total number of medals won by India in Tokyo — five golds, eight silvers and six bronzes, easily the most they have won in a single edition.

India had previously won 12 medals in 11 editions that they had participated. Their earlier record for a single editions was four medals, which they has won twice: in Stoke Mandeville and New York in 1984 and in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.



India won five gold medals in Tokyo through Avani Lekhara, Sumit Antil, Manish Narwal, Pramod Bhagat and Krishna Nagar.

They had previously won four golds across all editions that they had taken part in, with the medal winners being Murlikant Petkar (1972), Devendra Jhajharia (2004 and 2016) and Mariyappan Thangavelu (2016).


India won five medals in a day on August 30, by far their most in a single day at the Paralympics. Their previous best was two medals in a day in 2016.


Number of sports that India medaled in (table tennis, athletics, shooting, archery and badminton) at the Tokyo Games. Their earlier best was two sports — they won a medal each in swimming and athletics in 2004. This was the first time that India won a medal in shooting, archery, table tennis and badminton at the Paralympics. While the other sports have been a part of the Paralympics previously, this was the first time that badminton was a part of the programme.


Three of India’s 19 medals were won by women, with Lekhara winning two and Bhavinaben Patel winning one. The only Indian woman to medal at the Paralympics before this edition was Deepa Malik in 2016.


Singhraj Adana and Lekhara both won two medals each in Tokyo, making this the first Paralympics where more than one Indian won multiple medals in a single edition.

The only Indian to win multiple medals in a single edition before this was Joginder Singh Bedi, who won three medals in 1984. While Adana won a silver and bronze, Lekhara won gold and bronze.



India won five medals in shooting in Tokyo, including two golds, one silver and two bronzes, placing them third on the shooting medal table behind only China and Serbia..


India’s badminton players impressed in the sport’s maiden appearance at the Games, winning four medal to finish fourth on the medal table for the sport. Only China, Japan and Indonesia won more medals in the sport than India.


India finished 24th on the overall medal table. Their previous best finish was 25th at the 1972 Paralympics in Heidelberg, where Petkar won India’s only medal.


Praveen Kumar became the youngest Indian in history to medal at the Paralympics. The 18-year old went past Lekhara, who is 19. The youngest Indian to medal at the Paralympics before this edition was Mariyappan Thangavelu, who had been 22 when he won gold in Rio 2016.


In an astonishing performance, Sumit Antil rewrote the men’s javelin throw F64 world record three times in just six throws at the Games. The previous record was 66.18m, which stood in the name of India’s Sandeep Chaudhary. Antil recorded throws of 66.95m, 68.08m and 68.55m.


Devendra Jhajharia became the first Indian to medal at three different Paralympic Games in Tokyo. He joins Bedi as the only Indians to win three Paralympic medals. He also became the first athlete in history to win three medals in the men’s javelin throw F46 category at the Paralympics..



Bhavinaben Patel defeated four top 10 players on the way to winning silver in the women’s singles C4 classification. She beat the world nos. 2, 3, 8 and 9, who had 6 Olympic and 7 World Championships medals between them. Her only two losses came against the world no. 1 Zhou Ying.


Harvinder Singh became the first archer from Indian to medal at the Paralympics and he did it in quite some style — the three of his four wins needed a one arrow shoot-off to decide the winner.


Krishna Nagar defeated a Worlds medalist in each of his four matches in men’s singles SH6 category en-route to winning gold. His four opponents have won a combined total of three golds, two silvers and six bronzes at the World Championships.


Lekhara’s score in the final of the women’s 10m air rifle SH1 category equaled the world record and set a new Paralympics record. She equaled the record of Ukraine’s Iryna Schetnik, who won bronze in the event.