India’s Praveen Kumar won silver in the Men’s High Jump T64 classification with the best jump of 2.07m, taking India’s tally at the Tokyo Paralympics Games to 11 on Friday. This was Praveen’s debut at Paralympic Games.
Great Britain’s Jonathan Broom-Edwards won the gold medal with a highest jump of 2.10m. Poland’s Maciej Lepiato, meanwhile, finished third with a succcessful 2.04m jump.
With the medal, Praveen Kumar joins Nishad Kumar, who bagged the silver medal for India in the high jump T-47 category on Sunday (August 29).
T64 classification is for athletes with a leg amputation, who compete with prosthetics in a standing position. T44, the disability classification that Kumar has but is eligible to compete in T64, is for athletes with a leg deficiency, leg length difference, impaired muscle power or impaired passive range of movement in the legs.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Praveen. “Proud of Praveen Kumar for winning the Silver medal at the Paralympics. This medal is the result of his hard work and unparalleled dedication. Congratulations to him. Best wishes for his future endeavours,” tweets PM Narendra Modi.
India has 2 golds, 6 silvers and 3 bronze medals.