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Tokyo Paralympics: Shuttler Krishna Nagar wins gold, India secures 19 medals in total

NEW DELHI: India’s Krishna Nagar wins gold medal in badminton today at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics. According to the reports, the Indian shuttler won the match over Hong Kong’s Chu Man Kai in the men’s singles SH6 class final.

As per the reports, India’s tally has reached the record of five gold medals in the Paralympics.

However, the young champ from Jaipur, secured second and saw off his rival 21-17 16-21 21-17 in 43 minutes in the final to keep his unbeaten run at the Games and join compatriot Pramod Bhagat in the gold medal-winning list.

Reportedly, Krishna started the first game on the front foot but Chu Man Kai was always close behind and the Hong Kong shuttler went into the mid-game interval holding a slender lead.

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After Nagar making too many unenforced errors, Indian came storming back and made it 15-16, only trailing by a point.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Bhagat had claimed the first gold in badminton in SL3 class. The third set saw Bhagat firing on all his cylinders and grabbing the handy 11-7 lead going into the interval. Man Kai showed great fightback after the resumption as he levelled the match against the second seed at 14-14.

The records made by the Indian medallists are as follows: –

  1. a) Sumit Antil – World Record in F64 Men’s Javelin (Gold)
  2. b) Avani Lekhara – Equalled the World Record and made a Paralympic Record in R2 Women’s 10m Air Standing SH1 (Gold)
  3. c) Manish Narwal – Paralympic Record in P4 Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 (Gold)
  4. d) Nishad Kumar – Asian Record in Men’s High Jump T47 (Silver)
  5. e) Praveen Kumar – Asian Record in Men’s High Jump T64 (Silver)

A few Indian para athletes missed out on medals. Swaroop Unhalkar (Para Shooting, Sandeep Chaudhary, Soman Rana, Navdeep (Para Athletics) and Tarun Dhillon (Para Badminton) finished fourth in their events, while Sakina Khatun (Para Powerlifting), Ram Pal, Amit Saroha (Para Athletics) and Rahul Jakhar (Para Shooting) finished fifth.

India sent its highest ever contingent of 54 para athletes across as many as 9 sporting disciplines. Badminton and Taekwondo made their debut in Tokyo, both of which were represented by India.

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