Tokyo Paralympics: Krishna Nagar wins gold medal in men’s singles badminton SH6 event

Nagar beat Man Kai 21-17, 16-21 and 21-17 as India extended its medal tally to 19 at the Paralympic Games.

India’s para-shuttler Krishna Nagar secured the gold medal in the final of the men’s singles badminton SH6 event by defeating to Chu Man Kai of Hong Kong at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 on Sunday. Nagar beat Man Kai 21-17, 16-21 and  21-17 as India extended its medal tally to 19 at the Paralympic Games.

Nagar began the event in a terrific fashion by going 1-0 up as he won the first game 21-17. Hong Kong’s Man Kai, who showed a promising effort throughout, bounced back and led comprehensively to win the second game.

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In the decider, the Indian para shuttler began with a lead and remained ahead of his opponent. Man Kai showed great fightback after the resumption as he levelled the match against the second seed at 14-14. But it was Krishna who held his nerves better as Man Kai’s resistance soon perished as Krishna ran off to a 19-16 lead. Krishna won the third game by 21-17 in 15 minutes.

India now have five gold, eight silver and six bronze medals to be placed 24th. India had won just four medals in the last edition in Rio while the total count from the 1972 edition when the country competed for the first time till these Tokyo Games was 12.

Earlier on Saturday, Nagar had defeated Great Britain’s Krysten Coombs by 2-0 in the men’s singles SH6 – semi-final match to make it to the grand finale. Battling it out on Court 1, the second-seed Indian overwhelmed Krysten Coombs in straight sets by 21-10 and 21-11 in just 26 minutes.

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Before Nagar, another India para-shuttler Suhas Yathiraj bagged a silver medal after losing to France’s Lucas Mazur in a thriller of a final on Sunday morning. The former also became the only IAS officer to have not only participated but also won a medal in the Paralympics.

India’s Tarun Dhillon lost the bronze medal match to Fredy Setiawan of Indonesia 17-21, 11-21 in men’s singles badminton SL4 event.

(With Agency Inputs)

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