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World Para Athletics: Deepthi Jeevanji's Historic Gold For India In 400m T20

Deepthi Jeevanji etched her name in the history of Indian sports history by clinching India’s first gold medal at the World Para Athletics Championships 2024.

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 Photo Credit: X@ParalympicIndia

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Deepthi Jeevanji made history by clinching India’s first gold medal at the 2024 World Para Athletics Championships. The spotlight shone brightly on her as she conquered the women’s T20 400m event with unparalleled prowess, setting a new world record with a breathtaking time of 55.07 seconds.

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With her triumphant sprint, Jeevanji not only secured the top spot on the podium but also shattered the previous world record of 55.12 seconds, held by American athlete Breanna Clark. 

Deepthi's Journey To Gold

Jeevanji's journey to the podium was nothing short of inspirational. Prior to her historic triumph, she exhibited exceptional form during the preliminary rounds, clinching victory and setting a new Asian record with a stellar time of 56.18 seconds. Her outstanding performance not only secured her place in the finals but also earned India a coveted quota for the Paris 2024 Paralympics

The women's T20 400m final witnessed a display of sheer determination as Jeevanji surged ahead, leaving her competitors trailing in her wake. Aysel Onder of Turkey and Lizanshela Angulo of Ecuador secured the second and third positions, respectively, but it was Jeevanji's firm focus and never-dying spirit that propelled her to the edge of her success. 

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Understanding the T20 Category

The T20 category, in which Jeevanji competed, is designed for athletes with intellectual impairments. It provides a platform for individuals to showcase their athletic prowess and compete at the highest level, which goes beyond barriers and challenges stereotypes. The F56 category caters to athletes who compete in field events from a seated position, encompassing a diverse range of participants with varying abilities.

India's performance at the World Para Athletics Championships 2024 builds upon its rich legacy of sporting excellence. With a record-breaking tally of medals in the previous edition of the Games, including three gold, four silver, and three bronze medals, India continues to raise the bar and inspire generations of aspiring athletes.

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