Sakina Khatoon is the first female powerlifter to participate in the Paralympics Games. She has made a name for herself by winning medals twice in the Commonwealth Games.
Sakina Khatoon is India’s first powerlifter in Paralympic Games
On the third day of the Paralympic Games, Sakina Khatun represented the country in powerlifting from India. She finished fifth in the 50kg event and missed out on winning the medal. Sakina is the first female powerlifter to represent India at the Paralympic Games. Till date, only men had represented India in this sport.
She qualified for the Tokyo Paralympic Games by lifting 80 kg in the Para Powerlifting World Cup in Dubai by winning a silver medal in the 45 kg category. Apart from this, she is the only Indian female para-athlete to win a medal in the Commonwealth Games. Apart from Sakina, on Friday, powerlifter Jaideep Deswal in 65 kg will also come to bring medals for the country.
Sakina ranked fifth
In powerlifting sports, three attempts are given to each player. Out of which his best performance is counted. Sakina Khatoon lifted the weight of 90 kg in the first attempt. After this, in the next two attempts, he lifted the weight of 93 kg. She finished fifth with 93 kg. The gold medal of the event went to Hu De of China who lifted 120 kg. On the other hand, R Ahmed of Egypt stood second, she set a Paralympic record by lifting 120 kg, but due to a failed attempt, she was able to win the silver medal.
Sakina’s story is an example
Sakina Khatoon was born on 20 June 1989 in a farmer family in Bangalore. She became a victim of polio at a young age. The family worried about his future, but Khatoon was fond of sports from a very young age and this hobby inspired him to do something extraordinary. On the advice of doctors, he underwent surgery and after completing 12th standard in 2010, started training in powerlifting. Khatoon was selected for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Eventually, she came into limelight for the first time by lifting a total of 88.2 kg and winning a bronze medal in the 61 kg category. In 2018, Khatoon finished second in the Asian Para Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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