India made its Summer Paralympic debut at the 1968 Games, competed again in 1972. The country's first medal in came in 1974 Games, with Indian paralympic athlete Murlikant Petkar winning a gold medal in swimming. Since then, India has won 9 Gold, 12 Silver and 10 Bronze medals in the Paralympics.
The 2020 Games saw India's best-ever medal haul with Indian paralympic athletes winning a total of 19 medals (5 Gold, 8 Silver and 6 Bronze). This result was better than the medal haul of 12 medals of all previous Paralympics appearances combined. Currently, India stands on the 57th positions among the paralympic countries. Country's paralympians have won a total of 19 medals in the 2020 Games, pushing the Indian sports to new heights.
Indian Paralympic FAQS
What is the rank of India in Paralympics 2020?
Thanks to the fantastic performance by Indian paralympic athletes, the country ranked 24th on medal tally - with 5 Gold, 8 Silver and 6 Bronze. So far, this is considered India's best-ever medal haul at the Paralympics.
Who is the first Indian woman Paralympic?
Deepa Malik (born 30 September 1970) is the first female Indian paralympic athlete. She started her career at the age of 30. She is the first Indian woman to win a medal in Paralympic Games. She won a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in shot put. Deepa also won gold in the F-53/54 Javelin event at the para-athletic Grand Prix held in Dubai in 2018.
How many Indian athletes are in the 2020 Paralympics?
India sent its largest ever contingent to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, with 54 athletes (40 men, 14 women) across nine para sports. Some of the Indian paralympic athletes who made it to the list were Harvinder Singh, Vivek Chikara, Pramod Bhagat, Singhraj Adhana, Avani Lekhara, and Bhavina Patel.
Which Indian shooter won first gold medal at the Paralympics?
Avani Lekhara, an Indian Paralympian and rifle shooter, created history at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics after winning a Gold Medal in 10m air rifle standing and a Bronze Medal in 50m rifle 3 positions. She is also the first Indian woman to win multiple medals in a single Paralympic Games. Avani began shooting in 2015, inspired by former Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra and has since won several national and international titles.
Who is the youngest Indian to win Paralympic medal?
Praveen Kumar became the youngest Indian to win a Paralympic medal. The Indian paralympic athlete clinched a silver medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. The Delhi lad leapt a best of 2.07m to win India's fourth high jump medal in Tokyo. Praveen Kumar started off with a clearance of 1.88m, before deciding to skip 1.93m and jumping 1.97m directly. He then cleared 2.01m in his second attempt at the height, maintained his calm to clear 2.04m in his four before trying to better his personal best at 2.07m.