Ekta Bhyan qualifies for World Para Athletics Championships with Asian record, Indian para athletes win 7 medals in Dubai GP | More sports News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Seasoned para-athlete Ekta Bhyan qualified for the World Para Athletics Championships with a record throw in women’s club F51 event as the Indian team returned home with seven medals from the Dubai World Para Athletics Grand Prix.
The Indian contingent, which included several youngsters making their international debut in Dubai, clinched four silver and two bronze medals including Bhyan’s Asian record at the Dubai Club for people of determination grounds.
There were altogether seven world records and 45 regional records, making the event a great success.
In the medals standings, China returned to international competition after two years with a bang, finishing on top with 102 medals that included 42 gold medals, followed by Ukraine (11 golds) and Uzbekistan (9 gold). India finished in 28th place.
Asian Para Games gold medallist Bhyan hurled the discus at 6.35m in the fifth round to claim the bronze medal in women’s wheelchair discus F53 event, which was won by Ukraine’s Zoia Ovsii (13.19m).


The 37-year-old from Hisar then went on to set a new Asian record in women’s club F51 event despite finishing sixth with a throw of 17.20m. The event was won by Ukraine’s Ovsii who shone with a throw of 23.88 metres.
Owing to her show in the Club throw event, Bhyan made the cut for the World Para Athletics Championships set to take place in Paris from July 8 to 17 later this year.
“I am glad that with this performance, I could improve my world ranking and set a new Asian record. Though, I was expecting the throw of 18 plus. Anyway, I will work harder and perform better than this in the upcoming events – World Championship and Asian Para Games.
“The World Championships will be a huge competition with all the best athletes from all over the world. With three months left for the Championships now, the training will be in full swing to win a medal for the country,” Bhyan told the Paralympic Committee of India.
Runners and throwers shine too
Bhyan was joined by several youngsters in the podium, including young Mohan Harsha Uyyala who claimed the silver medals in men’s 100m T47 final.
Delhi-based middle-distance runner Balwant Singh Rawat also picked up a silver medal running the men’s 1500 m T11/12 final in 4:26.63mins and doubled it up with his second-place finish in men’s 5000m final T11/12 racing in 17:23.27min.
Throwers Ravi Kumar and Parveen Kumar too added to India’s tally.
While Ravi threw the javelin 50.65m for the silver in men’s javelin F46 final, Parveen claimed a bronze in men’s javelin F57 event with an effort of 41.86m, before he picked his second bronze (40.84m) in men’s discus men F57 event.


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