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Shuttler Krishna Nagar wins gold for India in Tokyo Paralympics

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Shuttler Krishna Nagar on Sunday made India proud by clinching a gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics in the final of the men’s singles (SH6) event. Krishna Nagar defeated Hong Kong’s Chu Man Kai 21-17, 16-21 and 21-17 in a match that lasted for 43 minutes.

Notably, it was the second gold medal that the Indian badminton contingent won at the event after Pramod Bhagat won gold in the men’s singles (SL3) category.

Krishna Nagar didn’t have it all his way in the final against his opponent from Hong Kong. He started the first game on the front foot but Chu Man Kai was always close behind and the Hong Kong shuttler went into the mid-game interval holding a slender lead.

Earlier on Sunday, IAS officer Suhas Yathiraj lost his gold medal match to World No. 1 Lucas Mazur while Tarun had lost his bronze medal match in the SL4 category. Manoj Sarkar, on Saturday, added a badminton bronze in the SL3 category.

PM, President praises Krishna Nagar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind were among a host of VIPs praising Nagar for his performance and winning a gold medal in the global event.

PM Modi said, “Happy to see our Badminton players excel at the Tokyo #Paralympics. The outstanding feat of @Krishnanagar99 has brought smiles on the faces of every Indian. Congratulations to him for winning the Gold Medal. Wishing him the very best for his endeavours ahead. #Praise4Para.”

Meanwhile, President Kovind said, “Historic performance by Krishna Nagar. Strong and determined, you proved your mettle by winning the gold medal in badminton at #Paralympics and keeping the tricolour high. Your excellence is commendable. Many Indians will be inspired by you. Congratulations and best wishes.”

 

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