On National Sports Day, Vinod Kumar earned India’s third medal, a bronze in the discus throw F52 category at the Tokyo Paralympic Games on Sunday, throwing the disc 19.91 metres for an Asian record.
The 42-year-old Vinod, who took up para-sports in his 30s, cleared 19.91 in the situated/standing plate toss occasion on his fifth exertion. He completed third behind Poland’s gold medallist Piotr Kosewicz (20.02m) and Croatia’s Velimir Sandor (19.98).
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 was grouped in the F52 classification during his first global occasion at Handisport Open Para Athletics Grand Prix in Paris in 2019. Vinod stood fourth in the World Championships in Dubai which got him a billet in Tokyo.