Tokyo: India’s Pramod Bhagat defeated Daniel Bethell of Great Britain in the final of men’s singles badminton (SL3 class) event to win the gold medal at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics, here on Saturday.
Pramod Bhagat has won the hearts of the entire nation. He is a Champion, whose success will motivate millions. He showed remarkable resilience & determination. Congratulations to him for winning the Gold in Badminton. Best wishes to him for his future endeavours. @PramodBhagat83— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 4, 2021
What Joy. Emotions.Hardwork. Innocence. Perseverance. Ecstacy.#PramodBhagat , thank you for the Gold and for giving so much joy and happiness and celebrating in style. #Paralympics @PramodBhagat83 pic.twitter.com/AmWHEvxIHd— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 4, 2021
And it's another Gold Medal for India. Amazing from #PramodBhagat to overcome a second set deficit 21-14, 21-17 and win the finals of #Parabadminton— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 4, 2021
What an inspiration these athletes are.#Tokyo2020 #Paralympics pic.twitter.com/BnwNIdbBDD
𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙂𝙤𝙡𝙙𝙚𝙣 𝘽𝙤𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙊𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙝𝙖! 🥇#PramodBhagat has done it. 💪— Odisha Sports (@sports_odisha) September 4, 2021
The World Champion wins a #Gold at the #Paralympics. 👏👏#Odisha's first gold in either of #Olympics or Paralympics. Thank you for making the 🇮🇳 fly high at Tokyo. pic.twitter.com/IQwEqVHWjy
Bhagat, a three-time world champion, won the gold medal with straight games (21-14, 21-17) win over Bethell. With badminton marking its Paralympic debut at Tokyo, Pramod Bhagat also became the first-ever Paralympic champion in his category.
Bhagat, who won the first game 21-14, was eight points behind in the second game before making a comeback and wrapped up the match 21-17. Bhagat took 45 minutes to register a 21-14, 21-17 win
Historic Achievement !— Dilip Kumar Tirkey (@DilipTirkey) September 4, 2021
Congratulations to Odia shuttler #PramodBhagat on winning the men's singles badminton (SL3) Gold Medal at #Tokyoparalympics2020 !
The nation is proud of you!@PramodBhagat83 https://t.co/cJ3dzqWwP0
Meanwhile, Manoj Sarkar defeated Japan's Daisuke Fujihara in straight games (22-20, 21-13) to win the bronze medal, making sure the two Indians finished on the podium in the men's singles SL3 event.
The two badminton medals helped the Indian contingent take its Tokyo medals count to 17 medals, which include four gold, seven silver and six bronze.
Manoj does it for 🇮🇳! #IND's Manoj Sarkar bags the #Bronze medal in #ParaBadminton Men's Singles SL3, getting the better of #JPN's Daisuke Fujihara. 🥉— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) September 4, 2021
For the second time today, 2⃣ Indians make up the podium places. Wow. #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics pic.twitter.com/CrW8NMBC3v
Congratulations to Manoj Sarkar for winning the bronze medal in badminton at #Paralympics. This is a praiseworthy achievement indeed. My best wishes that you bring more glory to the nation in the future.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) September 4, 2021