India win 21 medals at Spanish Para-Badminton International

New Delhi: Manshi Joshi and Nithya Sre each claimed a gold, while Tokyo Paralympics champion Pramod Bhagat won two silvers and a bronze while India took home a whopping 21 medals at the Spanish Para Badminton International in Cartagena, Spain.

World No. 1 Joshi (SL3) and Sre (SH6) were among the six gold medalists, while India also took seven silver and eight bronze medals in the level I tournament, which concluded on Sunday.

Raja/Krishna (men’s doubles SH6), Raj/Parul (mixed doubles SL3-SU5), Chirag/Raj (men’s doubles SU5) and Nitesh/Tarun (men’s doubles SL3-SL4) also took the yellow metal.

World No. 1 Bhagat (SL3) secured two silvers and one bronze, while World No. 2 Sukant Kadam (SL 4) finished the event with a bronze medal.

Tarun Dhillon (men’s singles SL4), Krishna Nagar (men’s singles SH6), Mandeep Kaur (women’s singles SL3), Manasi/Ruthick (mixed doubles SL3-SU5), Hardik/Ruthik (men’s doubles SU5) and Manoj/Bhagat (men’s doubles SL3-SL4) also won silver medals.

The bronze medalists were Nitesh Kumar (men’s singles SL3), Manoj (men’s singles SL3), Nilesh Gaikwad (men’s singles SL4), Parul Parmar (women’s singles SL3), Bhagat/Kohli (mixed doubles SL3-SU5), Arwaz/Deep ( men’s doubles SL3-SL4) and Prem Ale/Abu Hubaida (men’s doubles WH1-WH2).

“It was a tough week and I couldn’t do what I had planned. I have identified my mistakes and will immediately start working on them. I’m going to train right away and focus on my upcoming tournaments,” Bhagat said.

Kadam lost to world No. 1 Lucas Mazur of France 21-19 19-21 12-21 in the semi-finals to settle for bronze.

Mazur went on to secure the gold medal beating Indian Tarun 21-7 21-9 in the top match.

“I had a decent run in the tournament and pushed Mazur to the limit but came up short. I’m sure I’ll work on the mistakes of this match and be ready for the next tournament,” said Kadam.

India had recently won 34 medals, including 11 gold, seven silver and 16 bronze, from Spain’s Para badminton International II event.

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