The Indian duo of Pramod Bhagat and Palak Kohli went down against Fujihara Daisuke and Sugino Akiko of Japan in a hard fought battle in the mixed doubles SL3-SU5 event on Sunday.
Marking the end of the 2021 Tokyo Paralympics campaign, team India lost to team Japan 23-21, 21-19 in a match that lasted 37 minutes.
It was a good start for the Indians with a 6-4 lead. The Indians led their way through the middle with a 10-7, but Japan clawed their way back in this supremely close encounter to convert their third game point and take the opening game 23-21. This game lasted for 17 minutes.
The second game started off initially with a score of 3-3, 4-4. A rare 2-point lead as it came early in the second game for Japan brought the scoreline to 6-4. During the break, Japan were 11-10 in the second game with a slender lead.
It came down to tied scoreline with 13-13, 15-15 and then 16-16. A solid neck and neck tussle between India and Japan. The battle continued as neither team were ready to give up, leaving the scoreline 17-17, 18-18, 19-19 towards the end.
One of the teams had to end up on the losing side and unfortunately, it was India this time. Japan swept the second game 21-19.
The Indian shuttler duo of Pramod Bhagat and Palak Kohli lost 2-0 in the mixed doubles SL3-SU5 semi-final match at Yoyogi National Stadium on Saturday.
Number one seeds Leani Ratri Oktila and Hary Susanto of Indonesia defeated the Indians in straight sets 21-3 and 21-15 in just 20 minutes.
Indian Badminton team's medal tally at the Tokyo Paralympics:
Indian shuttlers have had a phenomenal outing at the 2021 Tokyo Paralympics. With two golds, one silver and one bronze medal at the colossal event.
Indian shuttler Krishna Nagar won the gold medal in a thrilling three-setter match against Chu Man Kai of Hong Kong in the 2021 Paralympics on Sunday. Nagar made a thrilling comeback to win the match 21-17, 16-21, 21-17 in the men's singles SH6 classification match.
Apart from Nagar, Suhas Yathiraj bagged a silver medal after going down to Lucas Mazur of France in the men's singles SL4 class final at the Tokyo Paralympics on Sunday.
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Meanwhile, Manoj Sarkar went on to win the bronze medal after defeating Japan's Daisuke Fujihara 22-20, 21-14. Whereas Pramod Bhagat defeated Great Britain's Daniel Bethell 21-14, 21-17 in the final.