Tokyo Paralympics 2020 Day-3 started with Bhavina Patel winning her quarter-final match and confirming the first medal for India. She qualified for the semi-final wherein she will contest against Zhang Miao from China. With this, Bhavina also became the first-ever Indian Para-table tennis player to get a Paralympic medal!
In the other events, India faced disappointments. Tek Chand in the shot put and Jai Deep in Powerlifting could not get the medal.
India started the Tokyo Paralympic Campaign with table tennis action.
The paddlers from Gujarat, Bhavina Patel, and Sonalben Patel did not have a great start and lost their first match. However, Bhavina Patel came back stronger the next day. She won her second match in the round of 16 and won the match. But, Sonal could not do the same. She was eliminated! Swimmer Suyash Jadhav missed his 200m individual medley because of his cold and sore throat! However, his Covid-19 report was negative!
The archery ranking rounds went well for India. Now, we await the further rounds! In the men’s compound archery, Rakesh Kumar managed to secure the third position, which should apparently be beneficial for him!
Amidst the positive news coming from Tokyo, there was some not-so-good news too! India’s medal hopes, Sakina Khatun, the powerlifter could also not get a medal despite her marvelous efforts to do the same! She finished fifth!
As is said, every person stepping onto the field instead of the various difficulties and physical disabilities are a champion in the true sense. There is still a lot of hope for India at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020! With the first medal getting confirmed by Bhavina, there surely will be more medals coming India’s way!
As the action proceeds, there will be a lot of inspiration coming our way!
So stay tuned to Akashbaani for more updates!