Tokyo Paralympics: Pramod Bhagat secures gold, India clinch two medals in badminton


Pramod Bhagat secured a gold medal at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics after the 33-year-old defeated Great Britain’s Daniel Bethell in the finals of men’s badminton SL3 class. 

The Indian secured a commanding win over his opponent closing the match after winning it in straight game. Bhagat finished Game 1 with a 21-11 scoreline and almost went on to repeat the feat in the second, securing it 21-16. 

Bhagat had contracted polio when he was 5-year-old and is among the best para shuttlers in the country. He had earlier bagged 45 international medals, which include four world championship gold medals and a gold and a bronze in 2018 Asian Para Games. 

Meanwhile, India also secured a bronze medal in the same event after Manoj Sarkar defeated Japan’s Daisuke Fujihara for a third-place finish. However, the road was not as easy for Manoj, who locked horns in a tough contest against the local shuttler. 

Fujihara put a gritty show in Game 1 but Manoj prevailed in the end 22-20, while Game 2 was comparatively easy for the 31-year-old as he closed it 21-13. 

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