India made its Summer season Paralympic debut on the 1968 Video games. It featured once more in 1972, earlier than remaining absent from the quadrennial showpiece until 1984. Nevertheless, since then, it has participated in all of the editions.
India has gained 12 medals within the Paralympics with 4 gold and as many silver and bronze medals to date. The nation’s most profitable outing was on the 2016 Rio Video games when it gained two gold, one silver and a bronze.
On the Heidelberg Video games in 1972, Petkar gained India’s first-ever gold as he swam the lads’s 50m freestyle 3 in a then-world report time of 37.331 seconds.
A veteran of the 1965 Indo-Pak Struggle, Petkar was initially a boxer, who later switched to swimming after he misplaced an arm to a bullet harm.
Devendra Jhajharia (2)
Jhajharia broke India’s gold medal drought by successful the lads’s javelin throw F44/46 occasion in the course of the 2004 Athens Video games. He managed a throw of 62.15 metres, which broke the then world report within the occasion.
Because the F46 classification was not included within the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Paralympics, Jhajharia couldn’t compete.
He got here again to win his second Paralympic gold in javelin in Rio 2016 and bettered his world report with a throw of 63.97m.
Mariyappan from Tamil Nadu gained India’s first gold on the 2016 Rio Paralympics within the males’s excessive soar F42 occasion, having registered 1.89 metres.
He turned India’s first Paralympic gold medalist since 2004.
Kesarkar gained a silver medal in males’s javelin throw L6 with a throw of 34.55 metres on the 1984 Stoke Mandeville/New York Paralympics.
The Indian athlete additionally competed within the males’s 100m freestyle L6 occasion however could not transcend the opening spherical, ending fifth within the warmth.
The 1984 Paralympics was one in every of India’s most profitable Paralympics earlier than Rio 2016.
Joginder Singh Bedi
In 1984, Joginder gained a silver medal in males’s shot put L6 with a throw of 10.08 metres.
The feat noticed him win his third medal, making him probably the most embellished Indian Paralympian.
Girish N Gowda
Excessive jumper Girish gained India’s solely medal at London 2012.
Competing in males’s excessive soar F42, Girish misplaced the gold medal on count-back after each he and Fiji’s Iliesa Delana managed a better of 1.74 metres.
Deepa is the one Indian girl to win a Paralympics medal. She gained a silver medal within the girls’s shot put F53 occasion at Rio with a throw of 4.61m.
Joginder Singh Bedi (2)
Joginder gained his second Paralympic medal on the males’s javelin throw L6 occasion on the 1984 Video games. He gained the bronze with a throw of 34.18m in the identical occasion whereby Kesarkar gained silver.
Bedi additionally gained a bronze within the males’s discus throw L6 occasion with a throw of 28.16 metres.
Rajinder Singh Rahelu
Rajinder gained India its second medal on the 2004 Athens Video games. The Indian powerlifter gained bronze within the males’s 56kg class by lifting 157.5 kgs.
He completed fifth in the course of the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
Varun Singh Bhati
Varun gained the bronze medal in the identical occasion Mariyappan topped the rostrum at Rio 2016, having sailed throughout 1.86m.