4 athletes from the Indian contingent will also feature later today in their respective events. Javelin Thrower Sandeep will be participating in the F44 category. Sharad Kumar, Varun Singh Bhati, and Mariyappan Thangavelu will be participating in the final of the T42 Event in High Jump after that. There is a chance of clinching our first medal at the Paralympics from both these events. Thanks for joining Sportskeeda! We will get back soon with more action.
Let's hope GoSports Foundation and other organizations will keep on supporting him for future competitions. He is just 22 and still has a lot of years left in his career.
In spite of being a double-amputee, Suyash has battled all odds with his courage and hard work and has left no stone unturned in proving his potential as a swimmer. And that was evident in the race today.
De Marchena Jesus David and Emmanuel Diaz of Honduras did not start the event.
All 14 swimmers have finished their heats. The reaction time of Suyash was 0.97 compared to 0.91 of Michael Jones. The latter makes it to the main stages while Suyash will be hoping to qualify in the other event where he's participating - 50m Butterfly S7.
9th! Suyash finishes just outside the top 8 and fails to qualify for the 50m Freestyle Finals!
Wang Jingang wins Heats 2!
Serrano Zarate Carlos is second with 28.87 followed by Tobias Pollap of Germany.
Australia's Matt Levy has finished first with a timing of 28.55 which will be enough for him to reach the finals.
Suyash has come 5th with a timing of 31.58.
And we are off with the first heats of the 50m S7 event!
There has been a false start by Suyash!
He has to finish among the top 8 places among the 14 swimmers across two heats to qualify for the finals.
India's Suyash Jadhav meanwhile has taken the pool in the men's 50m freestyle - S7. He is Lane 7.
Liu Benying of China has clocked a new WR (1:50.67) to finish first in Heats 2. The first heats have been done. Zou Liankang won it quite comfortably.
The Men's 100m Backstroke is now underway.
Australia's Matt Levy (28.47) clocked the best qualification time to book a slot in this category followed by Tobias Pollap of Germany, who clocked 28.98.
We are 10 minutes away from the event, till then you can watch Suyash speak about swimming and life in an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda:
Can he go where no Indian swimmer has gone before? Yesterday, Farman Basha finished 4th in the Men's 49kg Powerlifting and missed a medal by a whisker. Can Suyash put a smile back on the nation's face?
His qualification mark of 32.64 is not so good compared to the other six swimmers on his heats. But the love and dedication which Suyash carries when it comes to achieving excellence as a swimmer, might come in handy today.
He won 4 medals at the 2015 Winter Open Polish Championships last November and three more medals at the German Swimming Championships early this year.
The Indian has been in top form right from 2015 IWAS World Games in Sochi, Russia, where he registered the 'A' qualification mark to qualify for the Rio Games. Till now, no Indian para-swimmer has registered the 'A' mark before Suyash.
Suyash is placed on the first heats. London 2012 silver medalist Pan Shiyun is placed on the second. However, only the fastest 8 swimmers across the two heats will make it to the finals.
In this edition of the Games, he is the only para-swimmer selected to represent India in any category.
Suyash took up swimming at a very young age and it took extreme determination and passion in ensuring that he did not give up even after an unfortunate accident cut short his two hands right below the elbow.
First up are the 100m Backstroke heats, followed by 50m Freestyle heats - S7 which features Suyash. The event is expected to start at 6:12 PM IST.
Hello and welcome to a big day in the pool at Rio Paralympics! All the big swimmers from around the world will be in action today, among them 22-year-old Suyash Jadhav from Maharashtra will take the pool.