India clinched three medals on Friday after drawing blanks on the last two days. Early in the morning, Avani Lekhara claimed the bronze medal in the Women’s 50m air rifle 3 positions SH1. It was followed by the silver, with Praveen Kumar finishing second in the Men’s High Jump T64 event. Later in the afternoon, recurve archer Harvinder Singh bagged the bronze in the men’s individual open category. For the record, Avani, who earlier won the gold in the 10m air rifle SH1 event, became the first Indian woman to win multiple medals from a Paralympic Games, and the first Indian to win multiple medals in a single edition of the Olympics/Paralympics. Catch highlights of India at Tokyo Paralympics 2020 here.
6:33 PM IST: Women's Club Throw - F51, Final
Kanish Lakra (11.90m) and Ekta Bhyan (8.38) finished 6th and 8th in the final. Both managed their respective season-best throws but not enough to fight for medals. And with that India's day also gets over.
5:12 PM IST: Men's Individual Recurve Open
Harvinder Sing loses to Mather Kevin of the United States, 6-4. He is still in contention for the bronze medal. He shot a perfect 10 in the shoot out, as against 8 of the Korean.
5:09 PM IST: Here's badminton recap
Pramod Bhagat and his partner Palak Kohli qualified for the mixed doubles semifinals, while three singles players, including Noida District Magistrate Suhas Yathiraj, also made the last-four stage. Bhagat, who had qualified for the men's singles SL3 event on Thursday, and Kohli beat Thailand's Siripong and Nipada Saensupa 21-15 21-19 in a 29-minute clash to finish second in group B. The Indian duo will clash with Indonesian pair of Hary Susanto and Leani Ratri in the semifinals on Saturday. In men's singles, Suhas, Tarun Dhillon and Manoj Sarkar also made it to the semifinals on a fruitful day for India.
5:50 PM IST: Men's Individual Recurve Open
Harvinder Singh wins the bronze medal. He defeated Kim Min Su of South Korea by shoot out.
4:15 PM IST: Men's Individual Recurve Open
Harvinder Singh enters the semis with a win over Maik Szarszewski of Germany 6-2 in the quarters. Semis at 5:00 IST.
3:40 PM IST: Women's Club Throw - F51, Final
Kanish Lakra and Ekta Bhyan are in action.
3:20 PM IST: Men's Individual Recurve- Open 1/8 elimination: David Phillips of Britain beat India's Vivek Chikara 7-3 (27-25, 25-25, 22-28, 29-23, 23-17)
2:45 PM IST: Badminton Men's Singles SL4, Group Play Stage, Group B: Tarun Vs Setiawan Fredy of Indonesia Up next
2:39 PM IST: Badminton Singles SL4- Group Play Stage- Group A: Suhas L Yathiraj has lost 15-21, 17-21 to Lucas Mazur of France
2:32 PM IST: Men's Individual Recurve Open 1/8 Elimination: Harvinder Singh has won a thrillier. Was down 2-0 bt made a remarkable comeback to tie the 2-2 against Bato Tsydendorzhiev of RPC. The fifth set was tied 28-28 and Harvinder wins shootout 8-7 to enter quarterfinals.
2:29 PM IST: Men's Individual Recurve Open 1/8 Elimination: Harvinder Singh makes a comeback is now tied 2-2 with Bato Tsydendorzhiev of RPC. Both archers are tied 28-28 in final set and the match was decided in one arrow shootout.
2:20 PM IST: Badminton Singles SL4- Group Play Stage- Group A: Suhas L Yathiraj has lost the first game 15-21 against Lucas Mazur of France
2:15 PM IST: Men's Individual Recurve Open 1/8 Elimination: Harvinder Singh vs Bato Tsydendorzhiev of RPC. The Russian archer is leading 2-0
1:50 PM IST: Badminton Singles SL4- Group Play Stage- Group A: Suhas L Yathiraj in action against Lucas Mazur of France
12:30 PM IST: Badminton Singles SH6- Group Play Stage- Group B: Krishan Nagar of India beat Vitor Goncalves Tavares of Brazil 2-0 (21-17, 21-14). He has now won both the singles matches of his group and has qualified for the next round
10:55 AM IST: R8 Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1- Final: Avani Lekhara wins bronze giving India its 12th medal. This will be her second medal from the Games. She had won gold in 10m air rifle.
10:45 AM IST: R8 Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1- Final: Avani Lekhara is now placed 4th with a score of 404.7 after 40 shots with Germany's Natascha Hiltrop is leading with a score of 407.9. Eliminations have started from this round
10:30 AM IST: Archery Men's Individual recurve 1/16 elimination: Indian recurve archer duo of Vivek Chikara and Harvinder Singh kept medal hopes alive, sailing into their respective pre-quarterfinals of the men's open section.
10:28 AM IST: R8 Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1- Final: Avani Lekhara is now placed 6th with a score of 303.4 with Germany's Natascha Hiltrop is leading with a score of 308.6. Eliminations start after this round
10:12 AM IST: R8 Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1- Final: Avani Lekhara is placed fourth with China's Cuiping Zhang leading after first 15 shots
9:35 AM IST: Canoe Sprint: Women's Va'A Single 200m VL2 Final: Prachi Yadav of Bhopal finished last in final
9:15 AM IST: R8 Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1: Avani Lekhara qualifies for the final. The Indian shooter scored 1176 points to qualify in second position.
Meanwhile, in Men's 50m Rifle 3 POsitions SH1: Deepak finished 18th with a score of 1114.
9:03 AM IST: Badminton: More Cheers for India
Palak Kohli and Pramod Bhagat defeated World no.3 Siripong and Nipada of Thailand
21-15, 21-19 to enter semifinals. Manoj Sarkar and Pramod Bhagat already Reached Semifinals in MS SL3.
8:32 AM IST: Athletics: Men's High Jump T64 Final:
India's Praveen Kumar has won silver, India's fourth medal in high jump. Jonathan Broom-Edwards of Britain leaped 2.10m to win gold, while Poland's Maciej Lepiato wins bronze.
8:27 AM IST: Athletics: Men's High Jump T64 Final:
India's Praveen Kumar has been relegated to second position as Jonathan Broom-Edwards of Britain has leaped 2.10m. Last attempt for Praveen
8:18 AM IST: Athletics: Men's High Jump T64 Final: India's Praveen Kumar just leaped into top spot with a jump of 2.07m. Jonathan Broom-Edwards of Britain also clears 2.07m, while Poland's Maciej Lepiato has failed to clear the height
8:15 AM IST: Athletics: Men's High Jump T64 Final: India's Praveen Kumar has cleared 2.04m and is now placed second. Poland's Maciej Lepiato leads, while Jonathan Broom-Edwards of Britain is third.
7:57 AM IST: Athletics: Men's High Jump T64 Final: India's Praveen Kumar in action
7:44 PM IST: Badminton: Men's Singles SL4, Group Play Stage, Group B: Tarun Dhillon beat Kyung Hwan Shin 2-1 (22-18, 15-21, 21-17)
7:35 AM IST: Canoe Sprint: Women's Va'A Single 200m VL2: Prachi Yadav of Bhopal has qualified for the final. She finished third in semifinals.
7:30 AM IST: Men's 50m Butterfly S7: In Heat 1: Suyash Jadhav finishes fifth, while Niranjan Mukundan finishes sixth in Heat 2. The duo failed to qualify for the final
Here's an update of what has happened in Tokyo Paralympics so far this morning: 7:15 AM IST:
Archery: Men's Individual Recurve - Open 1/16:
7:15 AM IST:
Badminton: Women's Doubles SL3-SU5, Group Play Stage - Group B:
Lenaig Morin and Faustine Noel beat Palak Kohli and Parul Parmar 2-0 (21-12, 22-20)
Badminton: Men's Singles SL4, Group Play Stage, Group A: Suhas L Yathiraj Beat Susanto Hary of Indonesia 2-0 (21-6, 21-12)
China’s four-time Paralympic gold medallist Cuiping Zhang would be the player to beat in the women's 50m rifle 3P category. Zhang, who already has the silver in the R2 - women's 10m air rifle standing from Tokyo, would be eager to take the gold this time, making it three in a row after her titles in the R8 category in London 2012 and Rio 2016.
Cuiping, however, should be ready to tackle strong challenges from a star-studded line-up that includes India's Avani Lekhara, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic gold medallist in R2; seasoned stars like Germany's Natascha Hiltrop, the Paralympic champion in R3 in Tokyo with a Games record; and Slovakia's Veronika Vadovicova, the three-time Paralympic and five-time world champion.
The badminton competition continues with several Indian players in action on Friday. IAS officer Suhas L Yathiraj, who made a winning start on Thursday, will play two group matches on Friday. Manoj Sarkar, Krishna Nagar and Tarun Dhillon (men's singles), Pramod Bhagat and Palak Kohli will compete in mixed badminton.