Reigning World champion Pramod Bhagat continued India’s fine showing at the Tokyo Paralympics with a gold medal in the badminton SL3 class event, in Tokyo, on Saturday.
The 33-year-old Bhagat, who is also the World No. 1 and current Asian champion, scored a 21-14, 21-17 win Daniel Bethell of Great Britain in the final.
Bhagat, who had developed a defect on his left leg after contracting polio at the age of 5, has won a total of 45 international medals, including four World Championship golds.
He won two golds and a bronze in men’s singles, besides two golds and a silver in men’s doubles at the BWF Para world championships in the last eight years.
In the 2019 edition at Basel, he won gold medals in both singles and doubles events.
In the 2018 Asian Para Games, he won two medals – a gold and a bronze. He topped it up with two gold medals and one silver medal at the IWAS World games in 2019.
He clinched two gold medals at the BWF Para World Badminton Championships in Basel, Switzerland in 2019.
This year, Bhagat claimed two gold medals at the Dubai Para Badminton tournament in April when the sport returned after a year-long break due to the pandemic.
Bhagat, who won the singles gold and also paired up with Manoj Sarkar to clinch the men’s doubles gold in SL4-SL3 category.
In SL classification, persons with standing/lower limb impairment/severe are allowed to compete.
Pramod, Palak lose mixed doubles semis, to play for bronze
The Indian shuttler duo of Pramod Bhagat and Palak Kohli lost 2-0 in the mixed doubles SL3-SU5 semi-final match at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday.
The number one seed Leani Ratri Oktila and Hary Susanto of Indonesia defeated the Indians in straight sets by 21-3, 21-15 in just 20 minutes. The Indonesian pair will now play the gold medal match against France’s Lucas Mazur and Faustine Noel while Kohli and Bhagat of India will clash with Daisuke Fujihara and Akiko Sugino of Japan in the bronze medal match.
Playing on Court 1, the Indonesian duo absolutely dominated the proceeding from the word go as they annihilated any resistance from the Indians and clinched the first set by 21-3 in just 7 minutes.
Oktila dominated the net while Susanto covered the back court brilliantly to book their berth in the final of mixed doubles.