Tokyo: India’s discus thrower Vinod Kumar was disappointed on Monday. Vinod Kumar won the bronze medal in the F52 category at the Tokyo Paralympics. However, he was disqualified in the disability classification assessment by the competition panel. Due to which Vinod Kumar had to lose his medal.
BSF jawan Vinod Kumar, 41, threw his best of 19.91m and finished third. Poland’s Piotr Koसेevi won the gold with a time of 20.02m and Velimir Sandor of Croatia took the silver with a time of 19.98m.
However, this result was challenged by some contestants. According to the organisers, Vinod Kumar has been disqualified for the men’s F52 discus medal event and his result in the competition has also been cancelled.
F52 is a category for athletes who have low muscle strength, limited range of motion, and differences in leg length. Athletes with cervical cord injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations and functional disorders compete in the sitting position.
Para athletes are classified on the basis of their disability. This classification system allows athletes to compete with athletes with similar disabilities.
India’s performance in the Tokyo Paralympics has been excellent. India has so far won a total of six medals, including one gold, four silver and one bronze.