Manasi Joshi and Nithya Sre achieved a gold each while Tokyo Paralympics advocate Pramod Bhagat assured two silver and a bronze as India bagged as many as 21 medals at the Spanish Para-Badminton International in Cartagena, Spain.
World no. 1 Joshi (SL3) and Nithya (SH6) were among the six gold medallists, while India also ensured seven silvers and eight bronze medals in the level 1 tournament, which finished on Sunday.
Raja/Krishna (men’s doubles SH6), Raj/Parul (mixed doubles SL3-SU5), Chirag/Raj (men’s doubles SL3-SU5), Chirag/ Raj (men’s doubles SU5), and Nitesh/ Tarun (men’s doubles SL3-SL4) also loaded the golden metal.
World no. 1 Bhagat (SL3) ensured two silver and a bronze, while world no. 2 Kadam (SL 4) concluded with a bronze medal at the event.
Tarun (men’s singles SL4), Krishna (men’s singles SH6), Mandeep (women’s singles SL3), Manasi/ Ruthick (mixed doubles SL3-SU5), Hardik/ Ruthik (men’s double SU5), and Manoj/ Bhagat (men’s double SL3-SL4) also won silver medals.
The following are bronze medal winners Nitesh (men’s singles SL3), Manoj (men’s singles SL3), Nilesh ( men’s singles SL4), Parul (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 execute what I had planned for. I have identified my mistakes and will start working on them immediately. I am going to head straight back into training and focus on my upcoming tournaments,” Bhagat said.
Kadam failed to world no.1, Lucas Mazur, from France 21-19 19-21 12-21 in the semifinal to fix for a bronze.
Mazur went along to ensure a gold medal beating India’s Tarun 21-7-21-9 in the panel conflict.
“I had a decent run in the tournament and pushed Mazur to his limits, but came short. I am sure I will work on the mistakes from this game and be ready for the next tournament,” Kadam said.
Recently, India had declared 34 medals, including 11 gold, seven silver, and 16 bronze, from the Spanish Para-badminton international 11 events.