India’s para-badminton star Krishna Nagar won a gold medal in the men’s singles SL6 category at the Tokyo Paralympics. He achieved it after defeating Hong Kong’s Chu Man Kai 21-17, 16-21, 21-17 in the final on Sunday.
Krishna Nagar ensures another Gold medal for India at Tokyo Paralympics
Nagar’s win marked India’s second gold in badminton at these Games. Pramod Bhagat had also won gold in the men’s singles SL3 category previously. On his way to Finals, Nagar had seeded second and showcased a great performance as he had outplayed Great Britain’s Krysten Coombs 21-10, 21-11 in the semifinals on Saturday.
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Nagar was diagnosed with dwarfism when he was just two years old. He took up badminton as a hobby back in 2017. He soon learned about para-badminton as a sport and started competing professionally.
He has accomplished a lot over the years. He won bronze at the 2018 Asian Para Games and another bronze at the 2019 Para-Badminton World Championships. Earlier this year, he also won two gold medals at the Para-Badminton International in Dubai. The 22-year-old from Rajasthan native is currently ranked No. 2 in the world.
This is the first time that badminton is being played at the Paralympics. Suhas Lalinakere Yathriraj won three of his five matches this week, with his only losses coming against Mazur. All his three wins came without dropping a game.
India now has won four medals in badminton in Tokyo. Manoj Sarkar had also won bronze in the men’s singles SL3 category on Saturday.
Nagar’s medal is India’s fifth gold of these Paralympic Games after Avani Lekhara in the women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1 event, Sumit Antil in the men’s javelin throw F64 category, Manish Narwal in the mixed 50m pistol SH1 event and Bhagat.
India’s five golds are currently their most in a single edition of the Paralympics. They had previously won four golds across 11 editions that they participated in from 1968 to 2016.
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