Tokyo Paralympics Suhas Yathiraj storms into gold medal match Tarun to play for bronze in SL4 badminton

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Indian badminton stars are making merry at the Tokyo Paralympics. After Pramod Bhagat made the gold medal match of men's singles SL3 category, Suhas Yathraj, an IAS officer, reached the gold medal match of men's singles SL4 final on Saturday.


Meanwhile, Tarun Dhillon lost a hard-fought SL4 semi-final to top seed Lucas Mazur of France and he will now play for bronze.

There were chances of all-Indian finals in both SL3 and SL4 categories but Manoj Sarkar and Tarun losing their respective semi-final matches.


The 33-year-old Bhagat, the current world no 1, secured a 21-11 21-16 win over Japan's Daisuke Fujihara in the first SL3 class semifinals that lasted 36 minutes.

The top seeded Indian, current World and Asian champion, will clash with Great Britain's Daniel Bethell in the summit clash later in the day.

In SL4 class, Suhas outwitted Indonesia's Fredy Setiawan 21-9 21-15 in 31 minutes in the first semifinal.

The Noida District Magistrate will face the winner of the other semifinal between second seed Indian Tarun Dhillon and top seed Lucas Mazur of France in the summit clash on Sunday.

Bhagat, top seed, lagged 2-4 early in the opening game but a series of overhead drops helped him claw back. The duo was 8-8 before the Indian entered the interval at 11-8. After the break, he continued his good run and eventually pocketed the opening game with six straight points.

It was a Bhagat show in the second game as well as the Indian led all the way to come up trumps.

Bhagat will pair up with Palak Kohli for their mixed doubles SL3-SU5 semifinals later in the day.

"It was a great game against Fujihara, he pushed me with some great shots. But I had a plan and I executed it very well. I am happy I have reached my maiden Paralympic finals but the work is not done yet," said Bhagat after his match.

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.


Source Indiatoday

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