Tokyo Paralympics: Harvinder Singh wins bronze using formula for perfect 10

Armed with the insights on the conditions by Tokyo Olympians, Harvinder Singh wins India’s 13th Paralympic medal and the...

Harvinder Singh remembers his focus being drawn away from the 12.2 centimetre 10-point archery target placed 70 metres away. He was at a pre-Paralympic training camp at the SAI campus in Sonipat when Tarundeep Rai and Atanu Das walked in, fresh from their Olympic sojourn. It was a distraction for the 29-year-old, but a welcomed one...

...Harvinder scored a perfect 10 in the shoot-off to beat South Korea’s Kim Min Su 6-5 to earn bronze in the third-placed playoff...

...“They told me not go after shooting a 10 while there is wind or rain. In rain, the arrow gets a bit heavier and that’s what made things difficult here. There was of course the pressure of the competition but I am glad that I could win India’s first medal in archery in the Olympics or Paralympics.”

Rai was a part of the London 2012 Olympics, during which Harvinder took a fancy to archery. But getting involved in the sport would be tough given his condition...

...Archery in the backyard

All was going well for Harvinder in the build-up to the Paralympics after his Asiad success. He won the Tokyo quota with a joint-ninth place finish along with compatriot Vivek Chikara at the 2019 World Para Archery Championship in the Netherlands. The duo then combined with Rajesh Kumar to win the team bronze at the Asian Championships in Thailand that same year. After a stint in the United States, Harvinder was all set to embark on a training stint in South Korea – an archery hub – when the pandemic struck.

It didn’t help that he came down with dengue before he joined the national camp last year. But it was at home where he decided to continue his training while the world was forced indoors due to the virus.

“Once the lockdown was announced, I asked my father about training at our farm. Since the wheat season was over, he ploughed a major portion of land at different areas so I could train. When I was diagnosed with dengue, I also had to make sure that I took all the precautions against the Coronavirus,” he shares...

...The Paralympic high is yet to kick-in though, and the celebrations must wait. Once he heads back home with the bronze medal, a welcomed item in his luggage, he has to work quickly to submit his thesis on labour reforms in order to earn a PhD.

“The viva will make me as nervous as I was during the bronze medal match. Hopefully I am ready and defend the thesis,” he quips.

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