The contingent surpassed their previous best finish.
The 2020 Tokyo Paralympics have ended with all of the Indians completing their respective events. The last day of the multi-sport event was one of the most productive days of a very successful campaign. India’s performance will go down in the history books. The para-athletes broke the previous record of four medals in one edition to smithereens.
India finished the Tokyo Paralympics campaign with five gold, eight silver and six bronze medals. The overall tally of 19 medals is way beyond what anyone expected. The last day of the quadrennial event also saw a couple of medals added to the overall tally. However, the para-shuttlers narrowly missed out on two more medals.
Having said that, this performance from the para-athletes is nothing short of exemplary. Here is how the action unfolded on the last day of the Tokyo Paralympics in Japan.
Shooting: R6 – Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH1
The para-shooters had a rather disappointing outing in the Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH1 qualification round. India had three participants in the qualifiers and none of them were able to finish among the top eight positions to reach the finals. Sidharta Babu, Avani Lekhara and Deepak finished in 9th, 28th and 46th positions respectively.
Avani Lekhara has already created history by winning a gold and a bronze medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. However, she missed out on creating more history and could have become the first female para-athlete to win three medals in a single edition.
Badminton: Men’s Singles SL4
India’s Suhas Yathiraj stumbled at the final hurdle and lost to France’s Lucas Mazur in the gold medal match. Suhas started the match on a bright not,e but Mazur made a good comeback as he won the match by 15-21, 21-17, 21-15 to clinch the coveted medal.
The para-shuttler did win the silver medal and ended a very successful Tokyo Paralympics campaign on a positive note.
In the bronze medal match of this category, India’s Tarun Dhillon could not outwit his opponent. The Indian was up against Indonesian Fredy Setiawan who won the contest by a 21-17, 21-11 scoreline in straight games. Tarun would be bitterly disappointed to come away empty-handed from Tokyo.
Badminton: Men’s Singles SH6
The biggest positive from the day was the gold medal win in the Men’s Singles SH6 category. India’s Krishna Nagar defeated Hong Kong’s Chu Man Kai by a 21-17, 16-21, 21-17 scoreline to clinch the medal.
The para-shuttler added a fifth gold medal to India’s overall tally at the Tokyo Paralympics in Japan.
Badminton: Mixed Doubles SL3-SU5
Another disappointment from the day came from the Mixed Doubles SL3-SU5 category. Indian pair of Pramod Bhagat and Palak Kohli fell to the Japanese duo of Daisuke Fujihara and Akiko Sugino. The bronze medal match ended 23-21, 21-19 in favour of the para-shuttlers from the host nation. The contest was very close as the scoreline suggests. Pramod Bhagat missed out on the opportunity to secure his second medal of the 2020 Paralympics after winning the gold in singles.