Tokyo Paralympics: India wins 4 medals, including two Golds on Super Saturday; Tally up to a record 17

Pramod and Manish clinched Gold medals in badminton and pistol shooting respectively. Suhas Yathraj and Krishna Nagar confirm two more medals.

Pramod Bhagat strikes a pose with his Gold medal, Image credit: Twitter/Sachin Tendulkar
By Amruth Kalidas | Sep 4, 2021 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

The Indian Para-athletes are taking the world stage by storm. In the ongoing Games in Tokyo, India has managed to secure 17 medals so far and that tally is definitely going to increase as we edge closer to the finish. This is India’s highest ever medal tally at the summer Paralympic games. From 1960-2016 India only managed 12 medals, but this time around they have notched up things to a greater extent. A record of 17 medals is going to boost the country’s hopes for future Paralympic games.

On Saturday, India won four medals, which includes 2 gold, 1 silver and a bronze. Pramod Bhagat and Manoj Sarkar created history by winning gold and bronze in the men’s SL3 badminton singles respectively. This is the first time ever badminton is part of the summer Paralympics. Meanwhile, Manish Narwal and Singhraj Adhana won gold and silver at the Mixed 50m pistol shooting. Besides, Suhas Yathiraj stormed into Badminton Men’s Singles (SL4) finals and Krishna Nagar advanced to the Badminton Men’s Singles (SH6) final – confirming another two medals to the country, but the color of the medal is yet to be determined.


Pramod Bhagat created history, clinching the coveted gold medal in men’s SL3 para-badminton singles category at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics. The 33-year-old defeated world number 2 Daniel Bethell 21-14, 21-17 in the final. On the other side, Manoj Sarkar beat Japan’s Daisuke Fujihara 22-20, 21-13 to win the bronze in the same category. This is the first time ever at the summer Paralympic games that Para-Badminton has been included. The spirited Indian Para-Badminton players have gone on to create history in the sport’s maiden appearance in the tournament.


19-year-old Manish Narwal made the nation proud after winning the country’s third gold medal in the prestigious event in Tokyo, scripting a new Paralympics record following a score of 218.2 in the Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 Final. Manish delivered a fantastic performance, with Singhraj Adhana winning the silver to become the third Indian to win two medals in a single edition of the Paralympics. The former further holds a world record score in the Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 event.


Suhas Yathraj, an IAS officer, has guaranteed the nation a silver medal after qualifying for the gold medal match of men’s singles SL4 final on Saturday. He stormed into the final after defeating Fredy Setiawan of Indonesia by a 21-9, 21-15 margin. He will be taking on Lucas Mazur tomorrow with the desire of winning a historic gold.

Krishna Nagar also guaranteed a silver medal for the nation after reaching the final of the men’s singles (SH6) in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics. Krishna recorded a fine win against his semi-final opponent Krysten Coombs of Great Britain by a 21-10, 21-11 margin. He will now take on Chu Man Kai of Hong Kong in the gold medal match on Sunday. Krysten will face off against Vitor Goncalves Tavares of Brazil in the bronze medal match.