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Tokyo Paralympic Medallist Praveen Kumar Wins Gold At Junior U-20 “In a position-Bodied” Meet | Different Sports activities Information

If the thoughts is prepared to scale the height, the physique is able to push the envelop. Praveen Kumar at all times wished to show adversity into alternative which he did in 2021 by changing into youngest Indian to win a Paralympic excessive soar medal in Tokyo. It was a heady sufficient achievement however in his thoughts, Praveen would have determined that “Yeh Dil Mange Extra”.

With an impairment, which is congenital and impacts the bones that join his hip to his left leg, Praveen on Saturday trumped a bunch of in a position bodied excessive jumpers to win gold on the Federation Cup U-20 occasion in Gujarat’s Nadiad district.

It was at all times a case of thoughts over physique and nobody knew it greater than Praveen.

The 19-year-old Praveen, cleared 2.06 m to win the gold in a shocking present. He hails from Noida however was representing Delhi within the Junior Nationwide Championships right here.

How browsing google modified Praveen’s life

“I used to be enjoying volleyball initially at school, however then slowly got here to know of para athletics and took up excessive soar. I got here to find out about Paralympics and the way to participate in it after looking on google,” Kumar, who’s doing a BA course at Motilal Nehru Faculty in Delhi, had stated after profitable silver in Tokyo Paralympics.

Praveen first took half in a district stage competitors the place he met Ashok Saini who gave him cellphone variety of Satya Pal in 2018. Initially, even his fellow college students and academics of his college puzzled how he’ll do effectively in his sport however they later started supporting him.

Hailing from a poor household of farmers, who reside in a distant village close to Jewar in Noida, {the teenager} had clinched the silver medal within the males’s excessive soar T64/T44 occasion on the Tokyo Paralympics in September final 12 months with a brand new Asian report soar of two.07m. He was again then competing in his first Paralympics.

The congenital impairment however, Kumar was such a sports activities freak in his college days that he googled on web to learn the way to take up para athletics and participate within the Paralympics.

“So far as I can keep in mind, this gold gained by Praveen is the primary medal ever gained by a para athlete whereas competing amongst able-bodied athletes,” Paralympic Committee of India Secretary Basic Gursharan Singh informed PTI.

“He’s very younger and proficient. He is a good prospect for gold within the 2024 Paris Paralympics. The gold he gained amongst able-bodied athlete ought to increase his confidence much more in his final dream of profitable a Paralympic gold in Paris.” He trains underneath nationwide coach Satyapal Singh after coming to know of para-sports whereas competing within the excessive soar occasion for able-bodied athletes as a toddler.

It was Satyapal was instrumental in convincing him to take part within the championships amongst able-bodied athletes.

Satyapal initially had some reservation about his brief stature (1.65m) however discovered that Praveen has very sturdy muscle mass on his proper leg.

The Tokyo Paralympics was Praveen’s first main medal since taking on the game in 2019. He’s a brilliant prospect for now postponed Asian Para Video games gold and he’s aiming to interrupt T44 world report additionally. Praveen belongs to T-44 incapacity classification which is supposed for athletes with a leg deficiency, leg size distinction, impaired muscle energy or impaired passive vary of motion within the legs.


He was, nonetheless, eligible to compete in T-64 classification, which is for athletes with a leg amputation, competing with prosthetics in a standing place.

Praveen had earlier gained a silver medal on the Junior Para World Championship in 2019, his debut 12 months.

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