India’s Yogesh Kathuniya (B.Com graduate from DU's Kirorimal College) wins silver in men’s discus throw F56 at Tokyo Paralympics
India’s Yogesh Kathuniya wins silver in men’s discus throw F56 at Tokyo Paralympics
Kathuniya, 24, sent the disc to a distance of 44.38m in his sixth and last attempt to clinch the silver. He is a B.Com graduate from DU's Kirorimal College.
The 24-year-old, a B.Com graduate from New Delhi’s Kirorimal College, sent the disc to a best distance of 44.38m in his sixth and last attempt to clinch the silver. On Sunday, India had picked up a silver (high jump) and a bronze (discus throw), which is on hold due to a protest.
Son of an Army man, Kathuniya suffered a paralytic attack at the age of eight which left him with coordination impairments in his limbs.
He won a bronze medal in the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai with a best throw of 42.51m which also booked him a Tokyo berth.
It was during his time at the KMC that his potential was noticed by several coaches and he soon came under the tutelage of Satyapal Singh at the Jawaharlal Nehuru Stadium.
A few years later, he came under the guidance of coach Naval Singh.
He created a world record in F36 category in his first ever international competition in 2018 at the Para-athletics Grand Prix in Berlin.