Indian Paralympian Yogesh Kathuniya wins silver in men’s discus throw F56 event.
Paralympian Discus Thrower Yogesh Kathuniya clinched a silver medal in the men’s F56 event with the best attempt of 44.38m, his best of the season. Brazil’s Claudiney Batista dos Santos took gold with a Paralympics record of 45.59m and Leonardo Diaz of Cuba won bronze with a best throw of 43.36m.
Yogesh threw 44.38 in his sixth and final attempt o take up the top spot before Caludiney Batista of Brazil Fired 44.57 in his first attempt to dethrone the Indian athlete.
The 24-year-old, a B.Com graduate from New Delhi’s Kirorimal College, Son of an Army man, Kathuniya suffered a paralytic attack at the age of eight which left him with coordination impairments in his limbs Ranked World No.2 in his category. lived up to the billing with a superb showing in the Final of the Tokyo Paralympics.
In the F56 classification, athletes have full arm and trunk muscle power. Pelvic stability is provided by some to full ability to press the knees together.
He won a bronze medal in the 2019 world Para Athletics Championships in Dubai with the best throw of 42.51m which also booked him a Tokyo berth.
Here is the tweet from our PM congratulating him on his victory:
Outstanding performance by Yogesh Kathuniya. Delighted that he brings home the Silver medal. His exemplary success will motivate budding athletes. Congrats to him. Wishing him the very best for his future endeavours. #Paralympics
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 30, 2021