Tokyo: India’s fortunes finally favoured the Paralympians after a bright start to the day courtesy of para-paddler Bhavina Patel.
The 34-year-old beat Great Britain’s Megan Shackleton to secure a spot in the class 4 Round of 16 fixture. However, her compatriot Sonalben Patel was less fortunate as she went down fighting to South Korea’s Lee Mi Gyu.
With a packed schedule in place for India on Day 3, here is a preview of all the sports that will see India competing for a number of medals early in the mega event.
All events will be broadcast on the Eurosport India, Discovery Plus app and Doordarshan
Day 3, August 27: Match timings and live telecast details:
Women's Compound Individual Open - Jyoti Baliyan
Time: 5:30 AM IST
Over the last few years, Jyoti Baliyan has gone on to become one of the top female para-archers in the world. She was part of the seventh Fazza Para Archery Tournament in Dubai, which had the world’s top 10 archers. Baliyan also secured the 17th rank in the World Championship, qualifying for the Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020. A total of 24 participants will compete in this event at the Yumenoshima Ranking Field.
Men's Recurve Individual Open - Harvinder Singh, Vivek Chikara
Time: 10:30 AM IST
Harvinder Singh and Vivek Chikara are India’s hopes in the recurve event in Tokyo.
Harvinder Singh is the first Indian archer to win a gold medal at the Asian Para Games in 2018. Singh will team up with Vivek Chikara with his eyes on an Olympics medal. Vivek won a gold medal at the Asian Para Archery Championships in 2019, which was also his first international gold.
Men's Compound Individual Open - Rakesh Kumar, Shyam Sundar Swami
Rakesh Kumar and Shyam Sundar Swami will represent India in the men’s individual compound event.
Currently ranked 10th in the world, Rakesh is among the country’s finest compound archers. He will hope to perform well in Tokyo. Meanwhile, Shyam Sundar Swami from Bikaner has established himself in the archery squad in recent times. The 24-year-old will hope to display a memorable performance at the Games.
Compound Mixed Team Open - Jyoti Baliyan and TBC (will be decided on Friday)
Women’s Singles Class 4 Round of 16 - Bhavina Patel vs Joyce de Oliveira of Brazil
Time: 7:30 AM IST
India's para table tennis player Bhavina Patel defeated Megan Shackleton of Great Britain 3-1 in a thrilling match of Group A in women's singles - Class 4 in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics on Thursday.
Bhavina saved the game point in the fourth game and then took the lead to clinch the match. With this 3-1 win (11-7, 9-11, 17-15, 13-11) Bhavina has qualified for the next round, where she will face 32-year-old Brazilian Joyce Oliviera.
Women's 50kg - Sakina Khatun
Time: 9:30 AM IST
Sakina Khatun is the only Indian female para-athlete to have won a medal at the Commonwealth Games. The powerlifter won the bronze medal in the 61kg weight category event. Khatun also bagged a silver at the 2018 Para Asian Games, and the 32-year-old will be aiming to earn another medal for India, this time at the Tokyo Paralympics.
Men's 65kg - Jaideep Deswal
Time: 3:00 PM IST
This is not Jaideep Deswal’s first foray at the Paralympic Games. Deswal participated in the men’s discus throw F42 and placed 7th. This time round, Deswal will be competing in the men’s 65kg powerlifting.
Men’s Shot Put F55 Final - Tek Chand
Time: 3;30 PM IST
Tek Chand was India’s flagbearer at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympics. The 41-year-old will be the first of many Indian para-athletes who will be in action in Tokyo. Chand has a personal best throw of 9.57m and will be competing with seven other shot-putters in the final.