Teenaged armless archer Sheetal Devi on Friday became the first Indian woman to win two gold medals in a single edition of the Asian Para Games by claiming the top honours in the women's individual compound event here.
It is a hat-trick of medals for the 16-year-old from Jammu and Kashmir, who holds her bow with her foot. Earlier this week, Sheetal won a gold in the compound mixed team event and women's doubles silver.
Discovered at a military camp in a remote part of Kishtwar and adopted by the Indian Army in her childhood, Sheetal, who became the first armless woman to win a Para World Archery Championships medal in July, defeated Singapore's Alim Nur Syahidah 144-142 in the gold medal match.
Ankur Dhama had become the first Indian to win two gold medals in a single edition earlier this week.
India's medal rush continued on the penultimate day of competitions as the country's tally swelled to 94 medals with shuttlers contributing with nine medals.
Shuttler Pramod Bhagat outplays Nitesh Kumar:
Reigning Paralympic champion shuttler Pramod Bhagat secured a gold medal in the single SL3 category as he outplayed compatriot Nitesh Kumar 22-20, 21-19 in the final.
"Firstly a huge congratulations to Nitesh Kumar, I think he played the game of his life, but unfortunately ended up with a silver, He is a brilliant player and pushes me till the edge which he did today.” said Bhagat.
Tokyo Paralympics silver medallist IAS officer Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj bettered his bronze from the last edition by winning gold in the SL4 final. Sukant Kadam took home the bronze in the same event.
Thulasmathi Murugesan warded off the challenge posed by local shuttler Yang Qiuxia by ekeing out a 21-19, 21-19 win to clinch the the coveted yellow metal in the women's SU5 final. Additionally, India's Manisha Ramadass grabbed the bronze medal.
In in the men's doubles SL3-SLF4, Nitesh and Tarun won the gold while Bhagat combined with Sukant to bag the bronze.
Reigning Paralympic champion Krishna Nagar settled for a silver as he went down fighting 10-21, 21-8, 11-21 against Hong Kong's Chu Man Kai in the men's SH6 final.