Indian para-athletes continued to make the country proud at the 2018 Asian Para Games after Ekta Bhyan and Manish Narwal added to the country's medal tally by winning gold medals in their respective events on Tuesday.
Ekta Bhyan won the gold medal after claiming top spot in the women's club throw event, while Manish Narwal cinched the yellow metal in the 10 metre Air Pistol event, and in the process setting a new Games record.
Ekta Bhyan, who earlier this year had won gold at the Indian Open Para Championship, produced her best throw 16.02 metre in her fourth attempt, winning the F32/51 event ahead of UAE's Alkaabi Thekra, who settled for silver with a throw of 15.75 metres. The F32/51 event features athletes with significant impairment in hand function.
India also bagged three bronze medals on Tuesday thanks to Jayanti Behera, Anandan Gunasekaran and Monu Ghangas. Behera finished third in the women's 200 metre T45/46/47 event, while Gunasekaran bagged bronze in the men's 200 metre T44/62/64 class. Ghangas finished third in the men's shot put F11.
On Monday, javelin thrower Sandeep Chaudhary produced a stunning world record effort as India bagged 11 medals, including three gold, on a productive day at the Asian Para Games in Jakarta on Monday.
Chaudhary opened India's gold medal account at the Games in the men's F42-44/61-64 category during the morning session, before middle distance runner Raju Rakshitha (women's T11 1500m) and swimmer Jadhav Suyash Narayan (men's S7 50m butterfly) added the yellow metals later during the day.
Chaudhary claimed the top honours with a best throw of 60.01m, which he managed in his third attempt. In the process, shattered the F44 world record, bettering the earlier mark of 59.82, which Chinese Mingjie Gao made in 1980. Chaudhary's disability falls in the F42-44/61-64 category, which relates to limb deficiency, leg length difference, impaired muscle power or impaired range of movement.
With today's 5 medals on Day 3, India's medal tally stands at 6 gold, 18 silver and 13 bronze to occupy the eighth spot in the medal table.