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Ekta and Kashish Shine at Para Athletics World Championships

Ekta and Kashish Shine at Para Athletics World Championships

In a remarkable display of talent, Ekta and Kashish secured a stunning gold-silver podium finish for India in the women’s club throw F51 event at the World Para Athletics Championships held in Kobe, Japan on Tuesday.

Dominance in the F51 Category

The final of the F51 category, which is the most restrictive sitting throwing category, featured only three athletes. Competitors in this category have limited shoulder, arm, and hand function, with no trunk or leg function. Despite these challenges, the Indian athletes showcased their exceptional skills and determination.

Ekta Bhyan’s Triumph

Ekta Bhyan, who previously won a bronze medal at the 2023 World Championships in Paris, surpassed her past performance by clinching the gold medal. She achieved a season-best throw of 20.12m on her final attempt, marking a significant milestone in her athletic career.

Kashish Lakra’s Stellar Performance

Kashish Lakra also delivered an impressive performance, securing the silver medal with her best throw of 14.56m, achieved on her third attempt. This achievement highlights her dedication and talent in the sport.

Past Performances and Future Prospects

Both Ekta and Kashish represented India at the Tokyo Olympics in this category, where they finished sixth and eighth respectively. Despite their efforts,

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they will not have the opportunity to improve these positions at the Paris Paralympics, as their event is not included in the athletics roster.

Upcoming Events to Watch

Sumit Antil’s Quest for Gold

Paralympic champion and world record holder Sumit Antil is set to compete later today at 2:42 PM Indian Standard Time (IST) in the men’s javelin throw F64 category. Sumit, known for his outstanding athletic prowess, aims to defend his world title from the previous year. He will face stiff competition from Sri Lanka’s Dulan Kodithuwakku and fellow Indians Sandeep and Sandip Sargar.

Mariyappan Thangavelu in High Jump

Paralympic medalist Mariyappan Thangavelu will also be in action today, competing in the men’s high jump T63 final at 2:45 PM IST. His participation is highly anticipated as he seeks to add another accolade to his distinguished career.

The World Para Athletics Championships continues to be a platform where athletes with disabilities demonstrate extraordinary abilities and resilience. India’s representation, marked by the achievements of Ekta Bhyan and Kanishka Lakra, underscores the country’s growing prominence in para-athletics on the global stage.

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