India’s Nishad Kumar clinched a silver medal in the men’s high jump T47 event in the Paralympics with an Asian record effort in Tokyo. The 21 year old Kumar cleared 2.06m to win the SILVER and set an Asian record. American Dallas Wise was also awarded silver as he and Kumar cleared the same Height of 2.06. Another American, Roderick Townsend, won the gold with a world jump of 2.15m. Another Indian in the fray, Ram Pal finished fifth with a best jump of 1.94m.
Nishad Kumar is an Indian paralympian and high jumper. He made his maiden Paralympic Games appearance in 2020 Tokyo representing India and went onto claim silver medal in the men’s high jump T47 category with a Asian record of 2.06m
Nishad hails from Una, Himachal Pradesh. He met with a tragic accident at the age of eight and lost his right hand during the accident. In early 2021, he was tested positive for COVID-19. He pursued his higher education at the Himanchal Pradesh University.
He took the sport of para-athletics in 2009. In November 2019, he claimed bronze medal in the men’s T47 category at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships and as a result he qualified to compete at the 2020 Summer Paralympics. He claimed gold medal in T46 category at the 2021 World Para Athletics Grand Prix which was held in Dubai.
He also became the second Indian to win a medal at the 2020 Summer Paralympics after Bhavina Patel when he clinched silver in the T47 category high jump event. He incredibly shared the silver medal with Dallas Wise of USA who also cleared the same distance of 2.06m.
Rashpal Singh and Pushpa Kumari remembered how, 14 years old, Nishad lost his right hand in a fodder cutting machine. With Rashpal working as a mason, it has been a long journey to the podium. “As parents, whenever we remember the day when Nishad’s hand got into the fodder-cutting machine at our home, we cry. Today’s medal is reward for his hard work. To see him hold the Indian flag and silver medal at the Tokyo Paralympics has made us forget all the hardships,” an emotional Rashpal.
“When Nishad recovered, he was disappointed for some time but watching sports events on television aroused interest in sports and he asked coach Ramesh at his school about starting athletics. He never saw him lesser than anybody and would often tell his mother that he will do better than normal athletes. He competed in normal categories early in his career,” remembers Rashpal.