Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Vinod Kumar's bronze medal in discus throw under review after protest
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Para-athlete Vinod Kumar on Sunday (August 29) marked a spectacular performance in the discus throw F-52 Final event by setting a new Asian record with a throw of 19.91m. However, the result has been challenged by some other competitors, who have objected to his classification in the F52 category. The grounds of the protest are not clear as the process was completed on August 22.
"Results of this event are currently under review due to classification observation in competition. The Victory Ceremony has been postponed to the evening session of 30th August," read a statement from the Games organisers.
The Sports Authority of India earlier in the day took to Twitter to announce the success of Vinod at the Tokyo Paralympics games. "3rd Medal for #IND at #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics #VinodKumar wins Third place medal in Discus Throw F-52 Final event , setting a new Asian Record with a throw of 19.91m He performed brilliantly well and the whole nation is proud of his achievement," SAI Media tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to Twitter to congratulate Vinod for bagging a bronze medal "India is rejoicing thanks to Vinod Kumar’s stupendous performance! Congratulations to him for the Bronze Medal. His hard work and determination is yielding outstanding results. #Paralympics," he wrote.
The initial results showed that Poland's Piotr Kosewicz bagged the top position with the best attempt of 20.02m. Croatian athlete Velimir Šandor took home silver by registering the best effort of 19.98m. While Vinod secured a bronze in the F52 event. India has already won two medals at the Tokyo Paralympics 2021, as table tennis player Bhavina Hasmukhbhai Patel, High jumper Nishad Kumar, bagged silver.
F52 is for athletes with impaired muscle power, restricted range of movement, limb deficiency or leg length difference, with athletes competing in seated position with cervical cord injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, and functional disorder.
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