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India's largest-ever contingent leave for Rio Paralympic Games

The athletes will be looking to better the medal haul India enjoyed at the Rio Games.

Ankur Dhama is one of India’s best medal bets

The largest-ever Indian Paralympic contingent left for Rio de Janeiro for next week's Summer Paralympic Games. The team of 19 athletes will be looking to better the medal haul India enjoyed at the Rio Games. This year, India have athletes participating in the Games which start on 7th September and ends on 18th September. The athletes will be competing in five sports —Athletics, Powerlifting, Shooting, Archery and Swimming. As usual, the medal hopes are in javelin throw and high jump.

So far, the country have participated in ten Paralympic Games and fetched 8 medals. Murlikant Petkar won India’s first gold in 1972 and Devendra Jhajharia scripted history with a gold in javelin throw 22 years later. Four years back, Girisha Nagarajegowda won a silver in high jump at the London Games. India's best Paralympic performance was at the Athens Games with a gold and a bronze. The contingent will surely aim to better its tally. 

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Here's a list of the Indian contingent:

NameDisciplineEvent
PoojaArcheryRecurve Individual
Ankur DhamaAthletics1500m race
Mariyappan ThangaveluAthleticsHigh Jump
Varun Singh BhatiAthleticsHigh Jump
Sharad KumarAthleticsHigh Jump
Rampal ChaharAthleticsHigh Jump
Karamjyoti DalalAthleticsDiscus Throw
Devendra JhajhariaAthleticsJavelin Throw
Sundar Singh GurjarAthleticsJavelin Throw
RinkuAthleticsJavelin Throw
Ranbeer NarenderAthleticsJavelin Throw
Sandeep AthleticsJavelin Throw
Amit Kumar SarohaAthleticsClub Throw
DharambirAthleticsClub Throw
Virender DhankharAthleticsDiscus Throw
Deepa MalikAthleticsShotput
Farman BashaPowerliftingMen's 49kg
Naresh SharmaShootingMen's R7 50m Rifle 3 positions
Suyash Narayan JadhavSwimmingMen's 50m Butterfly

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to extend his wholehearted support for the Rio-bound Paralympians. "The people of India will be enthusiastically cheering for our athletes representing India at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, starting 7th Sept," said PM Modi. in his first tweet.

"We all wish our contingent for the Rio 2016 Paralympics the very best. I am sure our athletes will give their best & make us proud," the Prime Minister added in the second tweet.

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