PM Modi, President Kovind laud Praveen Kumar for clinching silver medal at Tokyo Paralympics


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind lauded Indian athlete Praveen Kumar for winning a silver medal at the Tokyo Paralympics

Para high jumper Praveen Kumar won silver on Friday to claim India’s 11th medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. Praveen cleared the Asian record with a 2.07m jump, finishing behind Great Britain’s Jonathan Broom-Edwards, who managed a best jump of 2.10m on a rain-soaked track at the Olympic Stadium.

Praveen is India’s fourth medallist in men’s high jump at Tokyo Games after Nishad Kumar, Mariyappan Thangavelu, and Sharad Kumar.

Praveen, 18, passed on his first attempt of 1.83m and directly cleared 1.88m in his first jump. He sat through the 1.93m mark before clearing 1.97m on his first attempt. The jump ensured him of a medal.

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