Tokyo Paralympics: Bhavina Patel Wins Silver Medal; India’s First in Table Tennis
India’s Bhavina Patel won a historic Silver medal in the women’s singles Table Tennis event at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020. With this, Bhavina Patel becomes only the second Indian to win a medal at the Paralympic Games. India opened their medal tally through Bhavina’s outstanding effort in the sport.
Bhavina Patel lost to Chinese Paddler Ying Zhou in the women’s singles table tennis class four final. Ying Zhou is a two times gold medalist and with the victory over Patel, she claimed a hat-trick of gold medals at the Paralympic games.
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Patel rode on to an excellent semi-final win to play Zhou. In the mega-final, Patel fell short of Zhou as the former defeated her in three straight wins and won the match by 3-0. The set results were 7-11, 5-11 and 6-11. The final clash between India and China lasted for around 19 minutes.
In Paralympic table tennis, classes 1-5 are for wheelchair athletes who are unable to walk. Athletes in the Class 4 category have fair sitting balance and fully functional arms and hands. Their impairment may be due to a lower spinal cord lesion or cerebral palsy. Bhavina Patel grabbed a medal in Class 4.
Bhavina Patel is a wheelchair player and was diagnosed with polio when she was just 12-years old. The utmost dedication, passion and hard work shown by the lady is highly commendable. The nation respects her efforts and congratulates her on the highly ambitious and special achievement.
An accomplishment that will echo through #IND 🗣️
— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) August 29, 2021
Bhavina thanked the Sports Authority of India, the Indian Olympic Committee, her coach and physiologists. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called and congratulated Patel for her achievement. Sports Minister Anurag Thakur also lauded the efforts of a magnificent medal winner for India. Bhavina Patel is an inspiration for the millions of sports aspirants who are willing to bring laurels for the India.