Vishram Shivaji and Soniya Patil both won a gold medal each in athletics in the 400m walk and 200m respectively. Soniya took home an additional silver medal after finishing second in 400m. Riya Gawde won two silver medals in the 500m and 2x100m relay and was placed third in the 1000m. Urmila Parab won a bronze Medal in the 500m.
The Indian softball team won a gold medal on debut after they got the better of United States and Australia. India also won a bronze basketball with Sachin Suvarna playing an important role. Alcia Antao, Fatima Rodrigues, Rachel Fernandes and Tanawi Rane, all of whom were part of India’s volleyball squad, had to settle for the bronze medal.
Golfer Ranveer Singh Saini won a gold medal. The 14-year-old autistic golfer achieved the feat on July 31. Ranveer and his partner Monica Jajoo were nine shots clear of joint second-placed teams from Hong Kong and Nippon.
The Gurgaon-based teenager was diagnosed with autism, a neurological disorder characterised by impaired social interaction, at the age of 2. He took to the sport at the age of nine. Phoolan Devi won the first gold for India in power-lifting (Bench Press). She also won three bronze medals in power-lifting (all lifts, dead-lift and squat lift). Sonakshi won a bronze in power-lifting (bench-press). Another contestant Mathru won gold medal for Soft-ball (team event). The Special Olympics 2015 saw participants from over 160 countries in the various sporting events. About 6,500 athletes are said to have participated in the event.Though not every competitor could win the gold, silver or bronze, yet each of them were awarded with a performance ribbon and the opportunity to take the victory stand. “These games have been an unprecedented experience for Special Olympics and for the cause of bringing athletes with intellectual disabilities into the mainstream” said Jan Palchikoff, Special Olympics executive.