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Tokyo Paralympics: India's Vinod Kumar bags bronze in men's discus throw, breaks Asian record

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Tokyo Paralympics: Indias Vinod Kumar bags bronze in mens discus throw, breaks Asian record
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India's Vinod Kumar secures bronze in the Men's Discus Throw F52 to add the third medal to the country's tally on day five of the Tokyo Paralympics.

Earlier in the day, Bhavina Patel and Nishad Kumar had won silver medals for the country in the women's singles class 4 event and men's high jump T47 event respectively.

Vinod Kumar broke Asian Record with the best throw of 19.91m to finish third behind Poland's gold medallist Piotr Kosewicz (20.02m) and Croatia's Velimir Sandor (19.98).

The 42-year-old Vinod, who took up para-athletics in his 30s, cleared 19.91 in the seated/standing discus throw event on his fifth effort.

At one stage, the 42-year-old from Rohtak in Haryana was placed second before Sandor cleared 19.98 in his fifth throw to take the silver medal.

Vinod ranked sixth in the world, had started with 19.09 metres in his first throw before he managed to clear 19.81 in his second chance, clearly establishing his intent to fight for the medal.

Vinod comes from a family of army men. His father got injured in the 1971 war. Vinod joined BSF but had to leave after suffering an injury in 2002 when he fell off a cliff in Leh leading to severe injuries to his legs. He was bed-ridden for close to 10 years.

He opened a shop near the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Rohtak and got interested in para-athletics watching Rio Paralympic Games coverage on television.

Starting training under local coaches at the stadium near his house, Vinod, who is married and has two daughters aged seven and two, burst onto the scene in the 2018 and 2019 Nationals when he won bronze medals in the F53 discus throw.

He was classified in the F52 category during his first international event at Handisport Open Para Athletics Grand Prix in Paris in 2019. Vinod stood fourth in the World Championships in Dubai which secured him a berth in Tokyo.

With three medals, India is one short of equalling its best-ever tally at a Paralympics. India had bagged four medals at the 2016 Rio Games.

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