Shut­tlers add two more gold medals as In­dia ends with 72 podium fin­ishes

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In­dia recorded its best-ever show­ing by adding two more gold, a few sil­ver and some bronze medals for a to­tal of 72 podium fin­ishes as the Asian Para Games drew to a close here on Satur­day.

With 15 gold, 24 sil­ver and 33 bronze medals, In­dia was placed ninth in the over­all tally. In the last edi­tion in 2014, In­dia won 33 medals (three gold, 14 sil­ver, 16 bronze).

In men’s sin­gles SL3 class bad­minton, In­dia’s Pramod Bha­gat de­feated Ukun Rukaendi of In­done­sia 21-19, 15-21, 21-14 to clinch the gold medal. Ath­letes in the SL3 cat­e­gory gen­er­ally have im­pair­ment in one or both lower limbs and poor walk­ing or run­ning bal­ance.

Ath­letes with cere­bral palsy, bi­lat­er­alpo­lio or loss of both legs be­low the knee com­pete in half-court (lenght­wise) to min­imise the im­pact of their im­pair­ment.

Para shut­tler Tarun Dhillon added an­other gold for In­dia on the fi­nal day of the event by beat­ing Yuyang Gao of China 21-16, 21-6 in the men’s sin­gles SL4 class.

The SL4 class ath­letes have a

lesser im­pair­ment com­pared to SL 3 and play full-court. Play­ers with im­pair­ment in one or both lower limbs, uni­lat­eral po­lio or mild cere­bral palsy fall in SL4 cat­e­gory.

Con­ti­nen­tal gi­ants China were at the top of the pek­ing or­der with 172 gold, 88 sil­ver and 59 bronze fol­lowed by South Korea (53 gold, 25 sil­ver and 47 bronze) and Iran (51, 42, 43). Ear­lier on Fri­day, Par­a­lympic medal­list Deepa Ma­lik bagged her sec­ond bronze.

K Jen­nitha Anto clinched the gold in women’s in­di­vid­ual rapid P1 chess event af­ter beat­ing Ma­nu­rung Roslinda of In­done­sia 10 in the fi­nal round, while Kis­han Gan­golli got the bet­ter of Ma­jid Bagheri in the men’s in­di­vid­ual rapid VI - B2/B3 event to claim the top spot.

Rapid P1 event is for phys­i­cally im­paired ath­letes while rapid VI - B2/B3 event fea­tures par­tially blind com­peti­tors.

In para-bad­minton, Parul Par­mar notched up a 21-9 21-5 vic­tory over Wandee Kam­tam of Thai­land to win the gold medal in the women’s sin­gles SL3 event. Ath­letes in this class have im­pair­ment in one or both lower limbs and poor walk­ing/run­ning bal­ance but they play in stand­ing po­si­tions.

Pramod Bha­gat

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