Paralympics bronze winner Sharad Kumar admitted to AIIMS, says feeling better

Sharad Kumar, who won a bronze in the T-42 high jump event in the Tokyo Paralympics on August 31, was admitted to AIIMS in Delhi four days ago, after experiencing chest congestion.

Published: 20th September 2021 07:24 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th September 2021 07:24 PM   |  A+A-

Indian high jumper Sharad Kumar

Indian high jumper Sharad Kumar (Photo | Paralympic Committee of India)


NEW DELHI: Paralympics bronze-medallist high jumper Sharad Kumar has been admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after experiencing chest congestion but he is "feeling better" now.

Kumar, who won a bronze in the T-42 high jump event in the Tokyo Paralympics on August 31, is awaiting his test reports after he was admitted to the prestigious medical facility four days ago.

"I have been here for four days after feeling chest congestion. I am feeling better now," Kumar told PTI.

"Every day, there is a test and the doctors are going to tell (what is the future course of action) in a day or two," he added.

The 29-year-old Patna-born athlete, whose left leg was paralysed after he was administered a spurious polio vaccine as a toddler, had competed in the T-42 final despite suffering a knee injury while training before his event.

He later said he was on the verge of pulling out of the competition.

He jumped 1.83m to win the bronze.

"I had my meniscus dislocated (during training). I cried the whole night and thought of pulling out of the event. I spoke to my family back home and my father asked me to focus on what I can do and not on what I have no control over," he had said then.

Kumar is a double Asian Para Games (2014 and 2018) high jump champion and world silver medallist (2019).

The T42 classification is for athletes with a leg deficiency, leg length difference, impaired muscle power or impaired passive range of movement in the legs.

The athletes compete in a standing position.


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