Badminton continues to earn medals for India, with Krishna Nagar guaranteeing 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.
The second-seeded Indian kept things tight, overwhelming the British para-athlete in straight games in just 26 minutes. He dominated proceedings from the word go, with Krishna’s agility and quick feet enabling the shutter to take a massive 11-6 lead at the mid-game interval. He continued to dominate proceedings, clinching the first game 21-10 in just 11 minutes. The second game witnessed the Indian again outplaying the British opponent by controlling the pace of the match with his long rallies.
Krishna delivered a fantastic display, taking a 11-3 lead at the interval of the second game. The Indian continued to dominate the encounter, covering the court better to pull off a 21-11 win and storm into the gold medal match.
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. The shuttler 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 medal.
Suhas delivered a superb performance against Fredy, giving him no chance at any stage. It was a stunning display from the Indian who raced away to a 10-0 lead before the latter could record his first point of the match. While the Indonesian attempted to make a comeback, the deficit was too big to overcome with Suhas registering a 21-9 triumph in the first game. The Indian faced sterner competition in the second game, going into the mid-game break with a 11-6 lead. Suhas picked up quick successive points to gain an eight-point lead before racing towards the matchpoint to pocket the game at 21-15.
World No. 1 para-shuttler Pramod Bhagat stormed into the men’s singles badminton SL3 final of the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics on Saturday. Pramod defeated Japan’s Fujihara Daisuke in just 36 minutes in the semi-final to record a comprehensive win. The world champion defeated the Japanese shutter 21-11, 21-16, showcasing a wide array of strokes and supreme dominance. The 34-year-old looked quite comfortable against Daisuke, assuring India of another silver medal. Pramod further became India’s first paralympic badminton finalist which is commendable, to say the least. The 34-year-old will take on D. Bethell of Great Britain in the final.
A triumph for Manoj Sarkar in the other semi-final of the same event would have made the final an all Indian affair. However, he suffered a defeat against Bethell, and will be seen taking on Japan’s Fujihara in the bronze medal match.