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Tokyo Paralympics: Pramod Bhagat, Manoj Sarkar bag gold and bronze in badminton

It was another medal rush for India at the Tokyo Paralympics. Pramod Bhagat won the gold medal in the badminton SL3 singles, while Manoj Sarkar claimed the bronze in the same sport.

Tokyo Paralympics: Pramod Bhagat, Manoj Sarkar bag gold and bronze in badminton-ayh
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Tokyo, First Published Sep 4, 2021, 4:36 PM IST
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India continued its upward spiral in the Tokyo Paralympics with yet more medals on Saturday. Shuttler Pramod Bhagat won the gold medal in the badminton SL3 singles, while Manoj Sarkar bagged the bronze in the same category.

Bhagat was outstanding right from the start, as he outlasted Daniel Bethell of Great Britain in straight sets 21-14, 21-17 to win the gold. Earlier during the day, he had beaten Daisuke Fujihara of Japan in the semis 21-11, 21-16 in 36 minutes. He is also in contention for bronze in the mixed doubled of the SL3-SU5 category.

Speaking on his win, Bhagat said that he kept focusing on his game, every point, and how and where the shuttle travelled. He said it was a proud moment for him and the nation since it was the first time para-badminton had featured in the competition and India had won the ultimate medal in it.

Following his gold rush, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "Pramod Bhagat has won the hearts of the entire nation. He is a Champion whose success will motivate millions. He showed remarkable resilience & determination. Congratulations to him for winning the Gold in Badminton. Best wishes to him for his future endeavours."

Meanwhile, in the bronze medal playoff of the same category, Sarkar was up against Fujihara, whom he outlasted convincingly 22-20 ,21-13. Earlier, he had lost to Bethell 8-21, 10-21 on Saturday.

Sarkar thanked Japan for organising the competition, allowing a chance for para-athletes like him to compete in the event. The bronze medal win was a dream come true for him, and he dedicated the entire tournament and his medal to the nation. He dedicated the match to his wife as she encouraged him to vent his anger on the court.

Modi acknowledged Sarkar’s victory by tweeting, Overjoyed by @manojsarkar07’s wonderful performance. Congrats to him for bringing home the prestigious Bronze Medal in badminton. Wishing in the very best for the times ahead. #Paralympics #Praise4Para”.

With these twin wins, India's medal tally has gone up to 17. In the meantime, more medals are up for the grab on the final day.

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