Pramod Bhagat makes a great comeback to win a gold in the Men’s Singles SL3 Final
Hailing from Bhubaneswar, Pramod Bhagat showed his class as he made a great comeback in the 2nd game to clinch the match against Daniel Bethell from Great Britain
World No. 1 and the reigning world champion, Pramod Bhagat adds another title to his bag i.e., the Paralympic Games Champion. The 33-year-old experienced player did it in style as he became the 1st ever Men’s Singles SL3 Gold Medalist at the Paralympics as Badminton made its debut at the Games this year.
The final was thrilling and exciting to watch as the top two players played against each other. Pramod Bhagat won the Men’s Singles SL3 Final in two straight games as he defeated Great Britain’s Daniel Bethell 21-14, 21-17 in Court 1 of the Yoyogi National Stadium, Tokyo. The match lasted for about 45 minutes.
Pramod Bhagat and Daniel Bethell’s Journey to The Final
Bhagat and Bethell’s journey to the final was pretty easy and they faced no hurdles, as Daniel Bethell won all games by a 2-0 margin and Pramod Bhagat too won all games by 2-0, except the one against Manoj Sarkar.
The Thrilling Final
Pramod Bhagat showed his amazing defense skills in the final as he tackled all the attacking shots made by Daniel Bethell patiently. In the 1st Game, at the start, the Indian was trailing by 3 points but managed to level 6-6, from there onwards was leading 11-8 in the 1st game interval.
Bhagat then went on to win 21-14 in the 1st game, leading 1-0.
It became interesting in the 2nd Game as Daniel Bethell was leading by few points in the beginning. Bethell was 11-4 in the 2nd game interval, leading by 7 points.
It looked like the match will go into the decider. But Pramod Bhagat bagged 5 points to go from 6-12 to 10-12. Then took a lead of one point; 16-15. In the end, wins 21-17, and an emotional moment for Bhagat as he hugs his coach. A great comeback by the Indian to win 21-14, 21-17 in the final at the Tokyo Paralympics.
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This is India’s 4th Gold Medal at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020.