New Delhi, India: The nation erupted in joy as Indian para-athletes etched their names in history, securing an astonishing record-breaking medal tally at the Asian Para Games. The fourth day of the Asian Para Games 2023 in Hangzhou, China will forever be remembered as a momentous occasion for India, with Nithya Sre's bronze medal in the women's singles SH6 badminton event marking the remarkable 73rd medal for the nation.
Adding to the glory, India clinched a staggering 16th gold medal, shattering previous records in the history of the Asian Para Games. Sachin Sarjerao Khilari emerged as the star of the day by winning the men's F-46 shot put event, breaking the Games Record with a remarkable throw of 16.03 meters. Sachin's gold medal achievement propelled India to an all-time high in the gold medal count at the Asian Para Games, surpassing the accomplishments from the 2018 edition.
India's campaign in Hangzhou has been nothing short of prolific. By the end of Day 3, the Indian contingent had soared to the sixth position in the overall medals tally, boasting an impressive total of 64 medals, which included 15 gold, 20 silver, and 29 bronze medals. The third day of competition proved to be a windfall for the Indian athletes, with a staggering 30 medals earned on that day alone. Among these, the sport of athletics stood out, contributing a substantial haul of 17 medals, including six gold medals.
Sumit Antil emerged as a shining star with his world-record-breaking performance in the men's javelin F64 event. The para-athlete from Haryana shattered his own previous world record of 70.83 meters with a phenomenal throw measuring 73.29 meters. Sumit Antil had previously set the record at the World Para Athletics Championships in Paris earlier this year, solidifying his status as a Paralympic champion and a world-class athlete.
Meanwhile, China continued its unassailable dominance on home turf, maintaining its supremacy at the top of the medals tally. As Day 3 came to a close, the host nation had amassed a staggering 300 medals, comprising 118 gold, 96 silver, and 86 bronze medals. China's exceptional performance was followed by Iran with 24 gold, 30 silver, and 19 bronze medals, Japan with 20 gold, 21 silver, and 28 bronze medals, Thailand with 20 gold, 13 silver, and 30 bronze medals, and Uzbekistan with 17 gold, 17 silver, and 21 bronze medals.
The Asian Para Games in Hangzhou continue to be a stage for remarkable achievements, setting new records and inspiring athletes from around the world. India's historic medal haul stands as a testament to the dedication and talent of its para-athletes, who have brought immense pride to the nation.