TOKYO: Indian para-powerlifter Sakina Khatun finished fifth in the women’s 50 kg powerlifting final at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Former Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Sakina successfully lifted 90 kg in her first attempt. On her second attempt, she couldn’t go over her 90 kg mark. However, in her final attempt, she lifted 93 kg to achieve the fifth rank.
Sakina got off to a good start in the Paralympic powerlifting event when she lifted 90kg in her first attempt and was at the second position behind Ukraine’s Lidiia Soloviova who occupied the top post with a lift of 104kg. After the first round, Sakina occupied sixth place while Egypt’s Rehab Ahmed took the top spot.
The Egyptian powerlifter lifted a massive 117 kg. Sakina tried hard to beat her competitors but couldn’t reach the 100kg mark. Her efforts weren’t enough for the Indian athlete to get a podium finish.
Chinese powerlifter Hu Dandan won the gold medal after lifting 120kg. Egypt’s Ahmed clinched the silver medal. Great Britain’s Olivia Broome won the bronze medal in the Paralympic Games.
Meanwhile, India’s para-powerlifter Jaideep Kumar will take part in the men’s 65 kg category.
Tokyo is the first city to stage two Paralympic Games, having hosted the 1964 edition when 375 athletes from 21 nations took part in nine sports.
This time, around 4,400 athletes from 162 national Paralympic committees will compete in 539 medal events across 22 sports.