The Indian contingent at the Spanish Para Badminton International tournament in Cartagena, Spain has clinched a total of 21 medals including six golds, with Manasi Joshi and Nithya Sre bagging a gold each, while Tokyo Paralympics gold medallist Pramod Bhagat settled for two silvers and one bronze and the event.
Reigning world champion Joshi and Sre clinched the fifth and sixth gold medals for India at the event, in the SL3 and SH6 categories respectively. In addition to that, the country had also bagged seven silver and eight bronze throughout the level I tournament which ended on Sunday.
Pramod Bhagat the world no 1 bagged two silver and one bronze medal. He clinched a silver in the men’s singles SL3 and another silver in the men’s doubles SL3-SL4 with Manoj a bronze in the mixed doubles SL3-SU5 with Kohli.
“It was a tough week and I couldn’t execute what I had planned for,” said Bhagat, who bagged a gold in the men’s singles event in Tokyo last year. “I have identified my mistakes and will start working on them immediately. I am going to head straight back in to training and focus on my upcoming tournaments.”
Meanwhile, world no 2 Sukant Kadam settled with a bronze in the SL4 event, losing to top seed Lucas Mazur in the semis. The Frenchman defeated Kadam 21-19, 19-21, 12-21, followed by a 21-7, 21-9 straight set victory against India’s Tarun in the final.
“I had a decent run in the tournament and pushed Mazur to his limits, but came short. I am sure I will work on the mistakes from this game and be ready for the next tournament,” Kadam stated.
- Manasi Joshi and Nithya Sre bagged a gold each at the Spanish Para Badminton International in the SL3 and SH6 categories respectively
- World no 1 Pramod Bhagat secured two silvers and one bronze while world no 2 Sukant Kadam settled for an SL4 bronze
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