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SEE: Villagers celebrate Bhavina's silver with 'garba'

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
August 29, 2021 11:53 IST
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IMAGE: Bhavinaben Patel's family broke into the traditional 'garba' dance, burst firecrackers and smeared each other with 'gulal' at her native Sundhiya village in Gujarat's Mehsana district to celebrate her historic silver medal at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo on Sunday. Photograph and Video: ANI

Family members and friends of paddler Bhavina Patel broke into the traditional 'garba' dance, burst firecrackers and smeared each other with 'gulal' at her native Sundhiya village in Gujarat's Mehsana district to celebrate her historic silver medal at the Paralympic Games in the women's singles class 4 final in Tokyo on Sunday.

 

Patel became only the second Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics after she signed off with a historic silver following a 0-3 loss to world number one Chinese paddler Ying Zhou in the women's singles table tennis class 4 final.

The 34-year-old Patel's impressive run at the Games ended with a fighting 7-11, 5-11, 6-11 loss to Zhou, a two-time gold medallist, in the women's singles summit clash which lasted 19 minutes.

"She may be Divyang (differently-abled), but to us, she never appeared to be so. For us, she is Divya (divine). We are very happy that she has brought a silver medal for our country," her father Hasmukh Patel said after the final.

Patel runs a small grocery shop in the village. People at Patel's native village had set up a big screen to watch her match live from Tokyo. They started gathering in front of the screen early this morning as the game began.

Although Patel went down 0-3 to Zhou in her maiden Paralympic Games, it did not dampen the celebration spirit. As soon as the game ended, people started dancing, burst crackers and threw 'gulal' on each other.

"As you can see, we have been playing garba since this morning after Bhavina won the silver medal. We are making full preparations for her grand welcome," said one of her relatives.

They said they are very happy over her achievement and feeling proud of her silver medal.

"She is a jewel for not just our village but for the entire country," said another villager.

Patel, who was diagnosed with polio when she was 12-month-old, had defeated world no 3 Miao Zhang of China 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8 in the semi-finals on Saturday.

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