Tokyo. Reigning world champions Pramod Bhagat and Suhas Yathiraj reached the finals of their respective categories in the Tokyo Paralympic men’s singles badminton on Saturday but Manoj Sarkar lost in the SL3 semi-finals. The 33-year-old Bhagat, world number one and Asian champion, defeated Daisuke Fujihara of Japan in the SL3 class to 21 in 36 minutes. 11, 21 . beat 16. Badminton is being played for the first time in this year’s Paralympics, so Bhagat became the first Indian to reach the gold medal match. He will face Daniel Bethel of Britain.
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Noida District Magistrate Suhas defeated Indonesia’s Freddy Setiawan in 31 minutes in SL4 class. 9, 21 . defeated by 15. He will now face the winner of the match between India’s Tarun Dhillon and top seed Lucas Mazur of France. While Manoj got second seed Bethel 21. 8, 21 . beat by 10. Manoj will now play Fujihara for the bronze medal. Half the court is used in this classification, so Bhagat and Fujihara put up long rails. In the beginning Bhagat 2. Were behind 4 but till the break 11 . Took the lead by 8. After that, maintaining this momentum, won the first game with six consecutive points.
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In the second game, he did not give any chance to the opponent. Bhagat and Palak Kohli mixed doubles SL3. SU5 will also play the semi-finals. After the match, Bhagat said, “It was a great match. He inspired me to take some good shots. I am happy to reach the final but the work is not done yet.” At the age of five, his left leg was deformed due to polio. He has won 45 international medals including four gold at the World Championships. He has won two gold and one silver in the last eight years at the BWF World Championship. In the 2018 Para Asian Games, he won a silver and a bronze.