The Indian athletes have now bagged 17 medals at the quadrennial event.
The Indian contingent continued their memorable run on day 11 of the Tokyo Paralympics. On Saturday, Manish Narwal and Singhraj stood on the podium together as they clinched gold and silver medals respectively in the mixed P4 50m pistol SH1 event.
Manish Narwal was terrific on the day, accumulating a total score of 218.2. The 19-year-old showed no sign of shaky nerves, taking part in his maiden Paralympics campaign. His gold medal further confirms India’s growing status of producing world class young shooters. Narwal’s score of 218.2 is also a new Paralympic record. Furthermore, he also holds the world record with 229.1 points, set in Al Ain, UAE in March earlier this year.
His compatriot Singhraj had already tasted success, by winning the bronze medal in the 10m air pistol SH1 category at the Tokyo Paralympics. However, he was hungry for more. Singhraj shot a total score of 216.7, to claim the silver medal. The Indian shooter finished well ahead of RPC’s Sergey Malyshev, who clinched the bronze medal with a score of 196.8.
Pramod, Manoj add to racquet medals
Indian table tennis player Bhavina Patel had sent the country buzzing in the opening days of the tournament after she bagged a silver medal in Tokyo. On Saturday, it was the turn of India’s badminton stars to shine in Japan.
Golden boy Pramod Bhagat started the day with a semi-final matchup against Japan’s Daisuke Fujihara. The first game was a walk in the park with the second game being slightly more challenging for him. Bhagat won the match 21-11, 21-16 to move into the final of the Tokyo Paralympics.
In the gold medal match, the Indian shuttler was up against Great Britain’s Daniel Bethell. Bethell provided a stern test for Bhagat but he ultimately triumphed victorious 21-14, 21-17. With this, he clinched India’s fourth gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics.
On the other hand, Manoj Sarkar had lost 21-8, 21-10 to Daniel Bethell in the semi-final. Therefore, he took on Daisuke Fujihara in the bronze medal match. The first game lasted for 27 minutes and was a nervy affair in the end. Sarkar won first game and showed confidence to pocket the second. Fujihara’s shoulders dropped after losing a tight first game and he couldn’t stage a comeback. Manoj Sarkar went on to win 22-20, 21-13 to bring home the bronze medal.
Suhas, Krishna march on
Two more Indian shuttles will be in action in the gold medal matches on Sunday after they won their respective semi-final matches. Suhas Yathiraj brushed aside Indonesia’s Fredy Setiawan 21-9, 21-15 in just 31 minutes. Yathiraj will now take on Frenchman Lucas Mazur in the gold medal match.
Another Indian Krishna Nagar was equally dominant. He defeated Great Britain’s Krysten Coombs 21-10, 21-11 in the semi-final. Hong Kong’s Man Kai Chu will be Nagar’s opponent in the final.
Elsewhere, there were also a couple of defeats for Indian badminton players. Tarun had the chance to set up an all-Indian final against Suhas Yathiraj. However, he succumbed to a 16-21, 21-16, 18-21 loss to Lucas Mazur. Tarun will still have the chance to clinch a bronze medal if he manages to beat Fredy Setiawan.
In the mixed doubles semi-final, India’s Pramod Bhagat and Palak Kohli lost out to Indonesian pair Susanto Hary and Oktila Leani Ratri. A 21-3, 21-15 loss ended their hopes of reaching the final. Bhagat and Kohli will be fighting for a bronze medal on Sunday against Japanese duo Daisuke Fujihara and Akiko Sugino.
Navdeep falls short of a podium finish
The only event in athletics was the men’s javelin throw F41 final. Navdeep was representing India in the final. Four out of his six attempts were legitimate, with 40.80m being his best throw. He went on to finish at the fourth place, narrowly missing out on a medal. Chinese athlete Sun Pengxiang set a new world record with a 47.13m throw in his fifth effort.
Every participant except the Indian javelin thrower produced season-best or personal best performances. A similar kind of effort from Navdeep would have seen him finish on the podium. However, aged just 20, the best days of Navdeep are yet to come.