Odisha’s ace Para athlete Jayanti Behera won two gold medals while Pankaj Bhue pocketed a silver medal in the ongoing 18th National Para-Athletic Championship at Panchkula in Haryana on Tuesday.
Jayanti bagged the gold each in the women T-47 category 100 and 200-meter events clocking 12.09 and 26.05 seconds respectively.
The ace para-athlete has also entered the 400-meter final and is likely to get another medal for the state. She had won three gold medals in the 100, 200 and 400-meter events while participating in the last two editions of National Para-Athletic Meets.
Pankaj will also participate in the high jump event today. He had clinched a silver medal in the 100-meter running event on Monday.Likewise, blind athlete Pankaj Bhue won a silver medal in the long jump event with 6.29-meter distance in men T-13 category. This is the third year in a row he grabbed the medal in the long jump event.
Another Odia athlete Debamruta Sahoo finished fourth in the 1500 meter race of the T-37 section.
With their achievements, Jayanti and Pankaj have qualified for the 2018 Asian Para Games, also known as the 3rd Asian Para Games, scheduled to be held in Indonesia from 6th–13th October 2018.