Tokyo: Ace para shuttler from Odisha Pramod Bhagat won the gold medal after beating Daniel Bethell 21-14, 21-17 in the men’s singles SL3 event at the Tokyo Paralympics on Saturday.
Bhagat won the first game in 21 minutes and the second in 24 minutes.
India’s Para-Shuttler @PramodBhagat83 from #Odisha clinched the first ever gold for India in the first ever edition of #ParaBadminton at the Paralympics#Cheer4India #Praise4Para @dpradhanbjp @AshwiniVaishnaw pic.twitter.com/o9CDhepkvm
— PIB in Odisha (@PIBBhubaneswar) September 4, 2021
Bhagat’s compatriot Manoj Sarkar won the bronze medal after beating Daisuke Fujihara 22-20, 21-13 in the men’s singles SL3.
Earlier, Bhagat and Palak Kohli lost 21-3, 21-15 to Indonesia’s Susanto Hary and Oktila Leani Ratri in the mixed doubles SL3-SU5 semifinals. The duo will contest the bronze medal match on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Krishna Nagar beat Britain’s Krysten Coombs 21-10, 21-11 to enter the men’s singles SH6 gold medal match.
India’s medal tally at the Tokyo Paralympics now stands at 17, including four gold, seven silver and six bronze.