INDIA AT PARALYMPICS, DAY 11 REPORT.

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SHOOTING, P4 MIXED 50M PISTOL SH1 QUALIFICATION : Manish Narwal and Singhraj Adhana finished in the top 8 and qualified for the final medal event. Manish and Singhraj had decent starts as they registered scores of 91 and 93 respectively. Second series, Manish scored an improved 93 while Singhraj scored a 90. Both Manish and Singhraj scored 91 in third series and were at the top of charts before they dropped in rankings as they registered scores of 79 and 86 in series four. Manish with an improved 91 and Singhraj again scored a 86 in fifth series, the final series Manish scored a 88 and Singhraj scored a 91 that saw them qualify for the final medal event. Akash didn’t have the best of starts and with a poor shot and a few decent series was out of contention early as he failed to recover from that one shot. Under pressure to recover he couldn’t put up something settler and finsihed 27th in the rankings with a total of 507. Manish finished 7th with a total of 533 points and Singhraj finished 4th with a total of 536 points.

Manish Narwal (Left) and Singhraj qualified for the finals finishing 7th and 4th respectively.
Akash finsihed 27th in qualification round with a total of 507 points, fails to make a spot in finals.

SHOOTING, P4 MIXED 50M PISTOL SH1 FINAL : Two Indian’s qualified for the final medal event and both see podium finishes, Singhraj adds a silver to the bronze he won earlier this week and Manish has a gold to his name. In the first competition stage after series 1 Manish had a total of 45.4 and Singhraj had a 46.1 the duo end second series with totals of 87.2 and 92.1 respectively. Elimination series saw Manish with a decent start that he further improved with many good series and just had a couple of poor shots that saw a dip in rankings mid series but finished well and with a total of 218.2 finished at the top of chart bagging a gold. Singhraj in the elimination series had a good start but had a very poor shot in second series and a couple more poor shots in mid series that saw a dip in rankings, but did well to finish strong and finished 2nd with a total of 216.7. Podium finishes for both Indians in the final as Manish finsihed 1st with a total of 218.2 and Singhraj finsihed 2nd with a total of 216.7. Manish Narwal is the first Indian male to win a goal in shooting at Paralympics and also holds the world and personal record in mixed 50m Pistol shooting. Singhraj Adhana becomes the first Indian male to have won two medals in shooting in a single edition of Paralympics.

Singhraj (left) and Manish see podium finishes, finish 2nd and 1st respectively.

BADMINTON, MEN’S SINGLES SL3 SEMI-FINAL : Pramod Bhagat proceeded to the finals after defeating Japan’s Fujihara Daisuke in straight sets. Opening set saw a neck to neck fight before Pramod Bhagat took control and from a 8-8 stage bagged the set 21-11 in 15 minutes of play in the opening set. Second set again saw a good fight at the start as Fujihara put in a lot to bag the set and take the match to the decider but Pramod had different plans, late surge from Pramod as he extended his lead and bagged the second set 21-16 to hand the Japanese a defeat.

Pramod Bhagat advanced to the finals, hands a defeat to Japan’s Fujihara Daisuke in straight sets and next featured in gold medal match.

BADMINTON, MEN’S SL3 FINAL : Pramod Bhagat wins first ever gold for India in first ever edition of Para Badminton, what more could have one wished for, it’s started with a gold and it doesn’t get any better. Pramod Bhagat in straight set wins bags a gold to his name, defeats Great Britain’s Daniel Bethell. Opening set, Daniel had the early lead, wasn’t a big one and soon Pramod equalised the lead and then extended it to 11-8 at halfway stage, second half saw Daniel’s comeback but wasn’t enough as Pramod paced up and bagged the opening set with a 21-14 margin. Second set, Daniel again with the early lead and does well too keep it in his favour as he ends the first half 11-4. Pramod will an excellent bounce back in the second half reduces his trail, levelled it at 15 and took the lead that he capitalised on and bagged the set 21-17, with the set win he bags the match 2-0 and another gold moment for India, medal no 16.

BADMINTON, MEN’S SINGLES SL3 SEMI-FINAL : Manoj Sarkar lost in straight sets to Great Britain’s Daniel Bethell. Opening series, Daniel had a good comfortable lead early on that he never let slip and bagged a 84 stroke rally to have a 11-4 lead at halfway stage, Manoj Sarkar looked off colour and lost the opening set 8-21 as Daniel continued his dominance. Second series, Manoj Sarkar put in a lot as Daniel had a 11-9 lead at halfway stage but Daniel in 2nd half put up a settler show and bagged the 10 points real quick and was through to the final with a 21-10 margin handing Manoj a 0-2 defeat.

Manoj Sarkar lost to GB’s Daniel in straight sets, he next featured in bronze medal medal.

BADMINTON, MEN’S SINGLES SL3 – BRONZE MEDAL MATCH : Manoj Sarkar bags a bronze, defeats Japan’s Fujihara Daisuke in straight sets. Opening set saw Fujihara with the early lead, wasn’t a big lead as Manoj levelled the scores and bagged a lead to end the first half with a 11-8 margin, second half saw Fujihara make a good comeback and level the scores at 20 but it remained Manoj who held his nerve and bagged the set 22-20. Second set, after a few points exchange Manoj bagged a lead and extended it by 5 points to end the first half and wasn’t a lot from Fujihara in the 2nd half as Manoj quickly got to the game point and bagged the set 21-13 with ease to have a bronze to his name, medal no 17.

BADMINTON, MEN’S SINGLES SL4 SEMI-FINAL : Suhas Yathiraj defeats Indonesian Fredy Setiawan in straight sets and is through to the finals. Opening set, Suhas completely dominated right from the word go, had a dominant 11-1 lead at halfway stage, Fredy with a mimi comeback in the second half but surely wasn’t enough to Suhas Yathiraj’s healthy lead as at the end Suhas bagged the set comfortably with a 21-9 margin. Second set, Fredy Setiawan with an improved effort, was a good neck to neck fight before Suhas bagged a lead and extended it quickly to get to the game point and bag the win in straight set and does it with a 21-15 margin to end his outing.

Suhas Yathiraj bags a wins in straight sets, he’ll play the final gold medal match tomorrow.

BADMINTON, MEN’S SINGLES SL6 SEMI-FINAL : Krishna Nagar defeats Great Britain’s Krysten Coombs in straight sets to make his way through to the final match. Opening set, Krishna had a good healthy lead and had a 11-6 lead at halfway stage of the opening set and with a good momentum bagged the opening set 21-10. Second set, early fight from Krysten but Krishna did well to keep the lead in his favour and ends first half with a strong 11-3 margin, Krysten with a mini fight but surely wasn’t enough to hand a defeat to Krishna who had the momentum and comfortably bagged the set 21-11.

Krishna Nagar defeats GB’s Krysten Coombs in straight sets, he’ll play his final gold medal match tomorrow.

BADMINTON, MEN’S SINGLES SL4 SEMI-FINAL : Tarun Dhillon lost 1-2 in decider to Lucas Mazur of France. Opening set, Lucas had a good lead early on and a handy one at halfway stage, then it was a bounce back by Tarun who found his rhythm and closed the trail by a couple of points but at the end wasn’t enough as Lucas in dying minutes scored quickly to get to the game point and won the opening set 21-16. Second set, a healthy lead for the Indian and does keep the lead in his favour, Lucas with a bounce back this time but wasn’t enough as Tarun this time with quick points in dying minutes bagged the set 21-16 and the game was decider in set 3. In the decider, Lucas had the early lead and does well to not give it away, there was a bounce back by Tarun, he was inching close to the lead and there was a point or two difference and it was a test of handling pressure and Lucas does well as he held his nerve and from 18-16 bags the set 21-18 and hands an upset.

Tarun Dhillon lost to Lucas Mazur of France in the decider, he’ll tomorrow feature in bronze medal match.

BADMINTON, MIXED DOUBLES SL3-SU5 SEMI-FINAL : Palak Kohli and Pramod Bhagat lost to Indonesian duo in straight sets. Opening set, complete dominance from the Indonesian pair as the Indian pair were unanswered of what was thrown at them. Indonesian pair bag the opening set with complete comfort, 21-3. Second set, good from the Indian’s, always were in and had levelled the lead, extended it and at halfway stage had the lead 11-8. Second half didn’t go India’s way as Indonesian pair bounced back well and a few mistakes from Indian’s saw them lose the second set 15-21 despite the 11-8 lead. Indonesian duo hand a major upset, the Indian duo will now compete in bronze medal match tomorrow.

Indian duo of Palak Kohli and Pramod Bhagat lost to Indonesian pair in straight sets, they’ll tomorrow feature in bronze medal match.

MEN’S JAVELIN THROW F41 FINAL : Navdeep finished 4th in ranking, started his outing with a throw of 38.59, his second throw was of 38.33, an improved 39.97 in the third and a better throw of 40.80 in his fourth. Last couple of throws were both invalid and that see’s Navdeep’s outing finish ranked 4th.

Navdeep finsihed 4th in the rankings.

India’s dream run at Paralympics 2020 continues, medal count extends to 17. That’s it on India’s schedule for the day, tomorrow is India’s final day at Paralympics 2020, many medal events on schedule, stay tuned !

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