Deepthi Jeevanji wins Gold at the World Para Athletics Championships with a record-breaking performance

Deepthi Jeevanji

Deepthi Jeevanji, an Indian para-athlete, made history at the World Para Athletics Championships 2024 in Kobe, Japan, by setting a world record in the women’s 400m T20 category. Her exceptional performance not only earned her a gold medal but also etched her name in the annals of para-athletics.

Deepthi Jeevanji’s record-breaking feat

Jeevanji clocked an impressive 55.06 seconds, smashing the previous world record of 55.12 seconds set by American Breanna Clark during last year’s edition of the championships in Paris.

The journey to this historic win was not easy. Jeevanji had to qualify for the final after winning her heat race in an Asian record time of 56.18 seconds. This performance showcased her potential and set the stage for her record-breaking run in the final.

Jeevanji’s victory is a significant milestone for Indian para-athletics. It not only puts India on the global map of para-athletics but also inspires countless other athletes to strive for excellence.

The T20 category in which Jeevanji competes is meant for athletes who have intellectual impairment. Her achievement is a powerful message that challenges and disabilities can be overcome with perseverance and determination.

Jeevanji’s gold medal adds to India’s tally at the World Para Athletics Championships. Other notable performances include Yogesh Kathuniya’s silver in the men’s F56 category discus throw and Preethi Pal’s bronze in the women’s 200m T35 category. These achievements reflect the growing strength and potential of Indian para-athletes on the global stage.

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