India’s Vinod Kumar won bronze medal in the F52 category of men’s discus throw to take India’s tally at the Paralympic Games to three medals on Sunday. But later in the day, the organisers put the result under review.

The 41-year-old Kumar, who is at his first Paralympics Games, threw 19.91 in his fifth attempt that was enough to win a medal. He sat in silver medal position after his throw until Croatia’s Velimir Sandor displaced him with a throw of 19.98.

It seemed a podium finish would evade the Indian with defending champion Apinis Aigars of Latvia going last in the order. But the 48-year-old veteran (multiple medallist at the Games) couldn’t catch up with Kumar as his best attempt was 19.54m.

Poland’s Piotr Kosewicsz won gold medal with a throw of 20.02.

Vinod Kumar fetched a bronze which was put on hold after a protest over his disability classification, reported PTI.

Vinod’s classification in F52, which is for athletes with impaired muscle power, restricted range of movement, limb deficiency or leg length difference, was done on August 22 by the organisers.

It was not clear on what grounds the classification has been challenged.

“Results of this event are currently under review due to classification observation in competition. The Victory Ceremony has been postponed to the evening session of 30th August,” read a statement from the Games organisers.

India’s Chef de Mission Gursharan Singh told PTI that Vinod’s medal stands for now.

“There was a protest from one country or may be more than one, we don’t know as it can’t be revealed, that there could be issues on the classification done on Vinod before the start of Paralympics,” he said.

“Vinod’s result, that is his bronze, still stands and a decision is unlikely to come today as it is very late now. It’s expected tomorrow,” he added.

Earlier in the day, Nishad Kumar won India’s second medal at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics, claiming silver in the men’s high jump T47 final with a best jump of 2.06m.

Nishad, who is a farmer’s son in Himachal Pradesh’s Amb town, cleared 2.06m to win the silver in T47 class before 41-year-old BSF man Vinod, whose father fought in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war, produced a best throw of 19.91m to clinch a bronze.

The two athletics medals came after Bhavinaben Patel gave India its first medal in the Games by grabbing a silver in the women’s singles table tennis class 4 event.

About the sports classification: In the 50s sport classes, all athletes compete in a seated position, either in wheelchair or on a throwing chair, due to impaired muscle power, restricted range of movement, limb deficiency or leg length difference. A lower number indicates a higher activity limitation. Athletes in sport classes F51-53 have limited shoulder, arm and hand function to different degrees and usually no trunk or leg function. This profile is, for example, seen with athletes with spinal cord injury resulting in tetraplegia.