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Tokyo Paralympics: Vinod claims bronze in discus throw

Vinod Kumar won the third medal for India at the Tokyo Paralympics when he claimed the bronze medal in the men’s discus throw sports class F52 in Tokyo on Sunday.

Vinod registered a best effort of 19.91m to finish third and create a new Asian Record. Poland’s Piotr Kosewicz won the gold with 20.02m, while Croatia’s Velimir Sandor claimed the silver medal with 19.98m.

The 41-year-old BSF man, whose father fought in the 1971 India-Pakistan war, produced a best throw of 19.91m to finish third behind Piotr Kosewicz (20.02m) of Poland and Velimir Sandor (19.98m) of Croatia.

He injured his legs while training after joining the BSF, falling off a cliff in Leh that left him bed-ridden for close to a decade during which he lost both his parents.

The F52 classification is for athletes with impaired muscle power, restricted range of movement, limb deficiency or leg length difference, with athletes competing in seated position.

It also applies to cervical cord injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, and functional disorder.

It turned out to be a Super Sunday for India at the Tokyo Paralympics as they claimed their third medal of the Games.

Nishad Kumar (high jump) and Bhavinaben Patel (table tennis) had won silver medals earlier in the day.

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