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Paralympics: Krishna Nagar clinches gold in men’s singles SH6 class

India's Krishna Nagar bagged the gold medal in men's singles SH6 class badminton event in Tokyo Paralympics.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: September 6, 2021 7:36:37 am
Krishna NagarKrishna Nagar retained his unbeaten run at the Games. (Screengrab)

Krishna Nagar won the second Para-Badminton gold for India on Sunday as he beat Hong Kong’s Chu Man Kai 21-17, 16-21, 21-17 in the men’s singles SH6 final. He becomes the first-ever SH6 gold medallist in the history of the Indian Paralympics. This is India’s nineteenth medal and the fifth gold in the event.

It was a tight contest right from the start between Nagar and Man Kai Chu. In the first game, Kai Chu headed into the mid-game interval with a slender lead but Nagar came back well to win the first game 21-17.

In the second game, the Hong Kong player built a lead and it seemed like Nagar’s game dropped a bit in the first half of the second game. Chu Man Kai continued with his momentum and came back strongly and eventually won the game 21-16.

In the decider, it was Krishna Nagar’s quality that became the point of difference as he won the yellow metal.

The 22-year-old from Jaipur, seeded second, retained his unbeaten run at the Games and join compatriot Pramod Bhagat in the gold medal winning list. Bhagat had claimed the first gold in badminton in SL3 class on Saturday.

Congratulating Krishna Nagar on winning gold in the Tokyo Paralympics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that his feat has brought smiles to the faces of every Indian. Modi also called Krishna Nagar and congratulated him on winning the gold medal. He lauded Krishan’s efforts and determination.

“This is a dream come true. I want to thank my father, mother, uncle, auntie, God, my coaches,” Nagar was quoted as saying by PTI after winning India’s fifth gold.

“This is the first time that badminton has been added to the Paralympics and I hope that India will keep winning and doing their best at upcoming Games,” he added.

Earlier, Noida DM Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj ended his campaign with a historic silver after going down fighting against top seed Lucas Mazur of France in the men’s singles SL4 class final.

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