#NewzHook2019- Top 10 Sporting Achievements
2019 was a good year for para sports in India and many milestones were achieved in sports by people with disabilities. Here are Newz Hook’s list of top 10 sports achievements of 2019.
1. Neeraj George and Sajesh Krishnan
The duo made history by climbing the 3rd highest peak in Karnataka- the Tadiandamol Peak. Neeraj used crutches to climb while Sajesh used his artificial limbs to reach the amazing feat.
Neeraj also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last October. He scaled the heights of Africa’s highest peak using his crutches. The para badminton player received a lot of applause for this.
2. Ekta Bhyan
Champion Para Athlete Ekta Bhyan secured a spot in 2020 Paralympics with an amazing performance in the Dubai 2019 World Para Athletics Championships.
This young and dynamic Para cyclist has entered the Asia Book of Records for fastest cycling with a prosthetic leg.
Champion para swimmer Shantanu made history as the first paraplegic Indian to take part in the 2019 Asian Para Rowing Competition held in South Korea.
5. Parul Parmar
Three-time World Champion Parul Parmar was part of the Indian para badminton players contingent that won 10 medals at the Denmark Para Badminton International Tournament 2019.
Six Indian para swimmers Satendra Singh, Jagdish Teli, Chetan Raut, Rimo Saha, Anjani Patel, and Gitanjali set a record. They swam across the Catalina Channel, considered among the most dangerous stretches in the world.
7. Dolly Gola
Athlete Dolly Gola took part in the 2019 World Para Athletics Grand Prix in discus throw and shot put events and came second in her class.
Indian para shooters won several medals at the Osijek 2019 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in Croatia.
Para chess champion Jennitha Anto won the International Physically Disabled Chess Association (IPDSC) championship sixth time in a row.
10. Chitrasen Sahu
Chitrasen Sahu is a double leg amputee mountaineer who successfully scaled Africa’s highest peak Mount Kilimanjaro becoming the first from India to do so.