Reigning world champion Pramod Bhagat on Saturday stormed into the lads’s singles finals of the badminton occasion after beating Japan’s Daisuke Fujihara in straight video games on the Tokyo Paralympics right here.
The 33-year-old, who can also be the world no 1 and present Asian champion, secured a 21-11 21-16 win over Fujihara in males’s singles SL3 class semifinals that lasted 36 minutes.
With badminton making its debut on the Paralympics this 12 months, Bhagat thus turned the primary Indian to qualify for the gold medal conflict within the sport.
With solely half of the court docket getting used on this classification, the 2 gamers engaged in numerous lengthy rallies and Bhagat got here up on prime more often than not.
Bhagat, prime seed, lagged 2-4 early within the opening sport however a collection of overhead drops helped him claw again. The duo was 8-8 earlier than the Indian entered the interval at 11-8.
After the break, he continued his good run and ultimately pocketed the opening sport with six straight factors.
It was a Bhagat present within the second sport in addition to the Indian led all the way in which to return up trumps.
Bhagat will pair up with Palak Kohli for his or her blended doubles SL3-SU5 semifinals later within the day.
Bhagat, who had developed a defect on his left leg after contracting polio on the age of 5, has received a complete of 45 worldwide medals, together with 4 world championship golds.
He received two golds and a bronze in males’s singles, moreover two golds and a silver in males’s doubles on the BWF Para world championships within the final eight years.
Within the 2019 version at Basel, Bhagat had received gold medals in each singles and doubles occasions.
Within the 2018 Asian Para Video games, he received two medals – a gold and a bronze. He topped it up with two gold medals and one silver medal on the IWAS World video games in 2019.
He clinched two gold medals on the BWF Para World Badminton Championships in Basel, Switzerland in 2019.
This 12 months, Bhagat had claimed two gold medals on the Dubai Para Badminton match in April when the game returned after a year-long break as a result of pandemic.
Bhagat, who received the singles gold and likewise paired up with Manoj Sarkar to clinch the lads’s doubles gold in SL4-SL3 class.