Pramod Bhagat secured a gold medal at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics after the 33-year-old defeated Great Britain's Daniel Bethell in the finals of men's badminton SL3 class.
The Indian secured a commanding win over his opponent closing the match after winning it in straight game. Bhagat finished Game 1 with a 21-11 scoreline and almost went on to repeat the feat in the second, securing it 21-16.
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In SL3 classification, athletes with lower limb impairment are allowed to compete.
With badminton making its debut at the Paralympics this year, Bhagat, the current world No. 1, thus became the first Indian to win a gold medal in the sport.
Bhagat had contracted polio when he was 5-year-old and is among the best para shuttlers in the country. He had earlier bagged 45 international medals, which include four world championship gold medals and a gold and a bronze in 2018 Asian Para Games.
Meanwhile, India also secured a bronze medal in the same event after Manoj Sarkar defeated Japan's Daisuke Fujihara for a third-place finish. However, the road was not as easy for Manoj, who locked horns in a tough contest against the local shuttler.
Fujihara put a gritty show in Game 1 but Manoj prevailed in the end 22-20, while Game 2 was comparatively easy for the 31-year-old as he closed it 21-13.
Earlier in the day, Manoj had lost the men's singles SL3 semi-final match against silver medalist Daniel Bethell, who won the match 21-8, 21-10.
After this, India now stand in the 25th position on the medal tally with 4 golds, 7 silvers, and 6 bronze.