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Para shuttler Bhagat wins 2 gold medals in Brazil

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
February 17, 2020 20:31 IST

India's other gold medallist was Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj, who won a nail-biting men's singles SL4 final.

Pramod Bhagat

IMAGE: World No. 1 Pramod Bhagat won gold medals in the men's singles SL3 and men's doubles SL3-SL4 categories as India's para shuttlers returned with a haul of 10 medals from the Brazil Para Badminton International Championships, in Sao Paulo. Photograph: Twitter

 

Pramod Bhagat clinched two gold medals as India’s Para badminton players returned home with a rich haul of 10 medals from the Brazil Para Badminton International Championships, in Sao Paulo, on Monday.

 

World No. 1 Bhagat won gold medals in the men's singles SL3 and men's doubles SL3-SL4 categories along with Manoj Sarkar and thus accumulated the important ranking points towards the qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, where Para Badminton will make its debut.

"It's great to start off the year on a strong note. Winning the golds here gave me a lot of confidence and I feel good now looking ahead in the Road to Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

“Last year, I had to settle for the silver in the Tokyo 2020 test event in Japan. It was disappointing," Bhagat told the Paralympic Committee of India.

Top seed Bhagat first defeated compatriot Sarkar, seeded second, in a thrilling men's singles final 22-20, 23-21 before combining with the latter to pull off a comfortable 21-11, 21-7 win over China's Chen Xiaoyu and Gao Yuyang in the men's doubles SL 3-SL 4 event.

The other gold medallist for India was Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj, who put up a brilliant performance to succeed in a nail-biting men's singles SL4 final.

Yathiraj rallied from a game down to shock France's top seed Lucas Mazur 9-21, 21-16, 21-19 in three games.

Seasoned SL3 player Parul D Parmar's efforts weren't enough in front of Turkey's Halime Yildiz as she faltered 9-21, 14-21.

In the men's singles SS6 final, Krishna Nagar too settled for the silver, going down to local player Vitor Gonçalves Tavares 18-21, 19-21.

The other two silver medals came from doubles events - Prem Kumar and Russian Partner in the mixed doubles WH1 - WH2, Rajkumar & Rakesh Pandey in men's doubles SU5.

In the mixed doubles SU5-SL3, Parmar and Rajkumar took the bronze, thus making her chances of booking a Tokyo 2020 ticket stronger.

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