Tokyo Paralympics: Suhas Yathiraj's silver helps India increase tally of medals to 18

India's Suhas L Yathiraj took home the silver medal after he lost to France's Lucas Mazur in the badminton men's singles (SL4) final.

Suhas Yathiraj absolutely decimated Indonesia's Fredy Setiawan in the semi-final. (Image Credit: Twitter)
By Arnab Mukherji | Sep 5, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Suhas Yathraj, an IAS officer helped increase India’s tally of medals in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics to 18, after settling for silver in the Badminton Men’s Singles (SL4) final. Suhas settled for silver after suffering a defeat in the final against world No 1 Lucaz Mazur by a 21-15, 17-21, 15-21 margin. The Indian shuttler recorded a triumph in the opening game by a comprehensive margin. He further seemed set to wrap up the second clash in an astute manner. However, Lucaz brought all his experience to the fore, pulling off a stellar comeback in a tight game. Both shuttlers gave it their all in the decider with the tie going down to the wire. However, the Frenchman motivated by some extremely vocal support from the home contingent managed to pull off a stellar comeback win.

Suhas had stormed into the final after defeating Fredy Setiawan of Indonesia by a 21-9, 21-15 margin. He 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.

Tarun Dhillon who took on Fredy in the bronze medal match, failed to pull off a triumph coming up short against the Indonesian by a 17-21, 11-21 margin.

Krishna Nagar enjoys opportunity to win gold in Badminton Men’s Singles (SH6) Final

Krishna Nagar enjoys an opportunity to win gold for the nation having guaranteed a silver medal, after reaching the final of the men’s singles (SH6) in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics. The shuttler 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.