Indian para athletes produced an impressive display on Day 1 of the Paralympics 2016 on Thursday, with powerlifter Farman Basha coming fourth in the men's 49 kg paralympic powerlifting finals. The bronze was missed by the experienced Bengaluru bodybuilder, but an impact was nevertheless made.
Farman, 42, lifted 140 kg in his first attempt but his following two attempts didn't get him any point as he failed to lift the successive 150kg and 155kg weights. There was disappointment in store, however, for Indian Discus thrower Amit Kumar Saroha, who finished seventh in the men's discus throw F52 final.
A new challenge is, meanwhile, set on Friday for the Indian Paralympians. Five para athletes from the country will ply their trade over two events -- the men's Javelin Throw F44 final and the men's High Jump T42 final.
India's Narendra Ranbir and Sandeep are two of the total 16 athletes who will compete in the men's Javelin Throw F44 final at the Fort Copacabana, while the trio of Mariyappan Thangavelu, Varun Singh Bhati and Sharad Kumar men's high jump T-42 final. Both the events take place at the Fort Copacabana.
As many as 19 para athletes from India have made it to the Rio Paralympics, which will continue until Sept. 18.
Schedule for Day 2
Men's Javelin Throw F44 final is scheduled to start at 5:45 p.m. local time (2:15 a.m. IST [Saturday], 9:45 p.m. BST) on Sept. 9.
Men's High Jump T42 final is scheduled to start at 6:20 p.m. local time (2:50 a.m. IST [Saturday], 10:20 p.m. BST) on Sept. 9.
Where to watch live
Brazil: TV: Globo Sport. Live streaming: Rede Globo.
China: TV: CCTV. Live streaming: cctv.com.
USA: TV: NBC. Live streaming: Team USA.
UK: TV: Channel 4. Live streaming: Paralympics Channel 4.