Bengaluru, September 5: 'We have wings.' It is the perfect theme for Paralympics 2021, that has started at Tokyo. The Tokyo Paralympics might not generate as much fanfare and noise as the Olympics but for the spirit of participants the event is second to none.
Over the next few days, specially-abled athletes from across the world, including from India, will vie for top honours at the Japanese capital.
On Day 12 of the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics, India enjoyed another fruitful day as the Indian athletes added four medals to take their medal tally to an all-time high of 17 medals.
On Sunday (September 5) - day 13, India aimed for a medal rush when shooters and shuttlers were in action during the Games closing day as Avani Lekhara and Pramod Bhagat were in contention for their third and second medals respectively.
In badminton gold medal matches, Krishna Nagar defeated Hong Kong's Chu Man Kai 21-17, 16-21, 21-17 in men's singles SH6 event, while Suhas Yathiraj settled for silver in the men's singles SL4 event after 21-15, 17-21, 15-21 loss to top seeded Frenchman Lucas Mazur.
The two shuttlers took India's medal tally to 19 - 5 golds, 8 silvers and 6 bronze - the best ever medal haul at the Paralympics since their debut in 1968.
However, the final day got off to a disappointing start with all three shooters failing to qualify for the final in R6 - Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH1 event.
Sidhartha Babu finished just a position below qualification - 9th with a total score of 617.2, while Avani Lekhara and Deepak Saini finished 28th and 46th with total scores of 612 and 602.2 respectively.
In badminton bronze medal matches, Tarun Dhillon lost in straight games 17-21, 11-21 to Indonesia's Fredy Setiawan in men's singles SL4 event, while doubles pair Pramod Bhagat and Palak Kohli also lost in straight games 21-23, 18-21 to Japan's Daisuke Fujihara and Akiko Sugino in mixed team SL3-SU5 event.
And its all done and dusted in Tokyo, with Paris up next. It has been an exciting games and India returned home with a record haul of 19 medal from the Tokyo Paralympics!
The closing ceremony is coming to an end as the Paralympic flag, lowered during the anthem is passed on.
Krishna Nagar dedicates his win to the covid warriors. Nagar bagged India's final medal as he picked up the second gold medal in badminton on the final day of the Paralympics.
A big thank you to all for your support and encouragement. I dedicate this gold medal #Tokyoparalympics2020 to all our Corona Warriors who worked tirelessly for our nation during Covid-19 pandemic. @ParalympicIndia @IndiaSports pic.twitter.com/A3xNOKLahJ— Krishna Nagar (@Krishnanagar99) September 5, 2021
India registered their best-ever medal haul as the Indian contingent returned with 19 medals from Tokyo.
🇮🇳s GLORY#Shooting— Doordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) September 5, 2021
The closing ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympics is underway. India's first woman gold medallist and double medalist in Tokyo, Avani Lekhara will be the flagbearer as the curtains drop in Tokyo.
With 19 medals in their kitty, the country registered its best-ever medal haul at the Paralympics!
To go from 4 medals at Rio to 19 medals at Tokyo requires massive efforts and meticulous preparation. These medals are won every single day at 5.30am when no one is watching. @Media_SAI and @ParalympicIndia have been magnificent 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/vw8KOilfWC— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) September 5, 2021
India end the Tokyo Paralympics with 19 medals - 5 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze - which is their best ever medal haul at the Games since their debut in 1968.
And that wraps up Indian sporting action for the day and all that remains is the closing ceremony, which is scheduled for later in the day.
Badminton: Pramod Bhagat and Palak Kohli drop Game 2, which lasted 18 minutes, 18-21 and lose the mixed team SL3-SU5 bronze medal match against Japan's Daisuke Fujihara and Akiko Sugino.
Badminton: Indian mixed team Pramod Bhagat and Palak Kohli drop closely contested Game 1, which lasted for 17 minutes, 21-23 to Japan's Daisuke Fujihara and Akiko Sugino.
PM Modi and President Kovind led the wishes for gold winner Krishna Nagar.
Happy to see our Badminton players excel at the Tokyo #Paralympics. The outstanding feat of @Krishnanagar99 has brought smiles on the faces of every Indian. Congratulations to him for winning the Gold Medal. Wishing him the very best for his endeavours ahead. #Praise4Para pic.twitter.com/oVs2BPcsT1— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 5, 2021
Badminton: Pramod Bhagat and Palak Kohli are up against Japanese pair of Daisuke Fujihara and Akiko Sugino.
Badminton: Pramod Bhagat and Palak Kohli's mixed team match is about to start and that will be India's last action before the closing ceremony later in the day.
As it stands, India's medal tally is 19 with 5 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze and shuttlers could add one more medal when mixed team play the bronze medal match.
Badminton: Krishna Nagar wins gold as he defeats Hong Kong's Chu Man Kai 21-17, 16-21, 21-17 in men's singles SH6 final.
5th 🥇 for 🇮🇳 at #Paralympics @Krishnanagar99 clinches GOLD by defeating #HKG Kai Man Chu 2-1 in a thrilling Men’s Singles SH6 Final— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) September 5, 2021
You have fulfilled your dream with hard work & determination & for that, we are proud!
A well-deserved win! Keep shining 🌟#Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/yqAyVAEdMx
Badminton: Krishna Nagar drops Game 2 - 16-21 against Chu Man Kai and the gold medal match is tied at 1-1 now.
Badminton: Krishna Nagar wins the closely contested Game 1, which lasted 14 minutes, 21-17 against Chu Man Kai.
Badminton: Krishna Nagar's gold match against Hong Kong's Chu Man Kai has started.
Badminton: The Indian pair of Palak Kohli and Pramod Bhagat will face Japan's Daisuke Fujihara and Akiko Sugino in mixed team SL3-SU5 event.
Badminton: Also in action for India are mixed doubles pair Palak Kohli and Pramod Bhagat, who will play the bronze medal match. Bhagat will aim for his second medal at the games after winning gold in singles event.
PM Narendra Modi congratulated Suhas Yathiraj for winning silver medal.
A fantastic confluence of service and sports! @dmgbnagar Suhas Yathiraj has captured the imagination of our entire nation thanks to his exceptional sporting performance. Congratulations to him on winning the Silver medal in Badminton. Best wishes to him for his future endeavours. pic.twitter.com/bFM9707VhZ— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 5, 2021
Badminton: Second-seeded Krishna Nagar faces Hong Kong's Chu Man Kai in the men's singles SH6 gold medal match, which is set to start soon.
Next up in action for India is, shuttler Krishna Nagar, who aims for gold medal in the men's singles SH6 event.
Badminton: Suhas Yathiraj settles for silver after losing 1-2 to France's Lucas Mazur. The Indian lost 21-15, 17-21, 15-21 in the men's singles SL4 gold medal match.
What an absolute thriller of a match!!!🏸 @suhasly Wins #SILVER 🥈 in Badminton Men's Singles SL4 in a close nail biting finish!✨✨ More wins to come! 🤩#badminton #Parabadminton#Praise4Para #Tokyo2020 #Tokyoparalympics2020 #Paralympics #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/tpFQISLcnu— Paralympic India 🇮🇳 #Cheer4India 🏅 #Praise4Para (@ParalympicIndia) September 5, 2021
Badminton: France's Lucas Mazur wins the second game 21-17 against Suhas Yathiraj and the gold medal match is now level at 1-1.
Badminton: Suhas Yathiraj takes Game 1 - 21-15 against France's Lucas Mazur in the men's singles SL4 gold medal match.
Shooting: All three Indian shooters fail to qualify for final as Sidhartha Babu finishes 9th with a total score of 617.2, while Avani Lekhara finishes 28th with a total score of 612 and Deepak finishes 46th with a total score of 602.2.
Badminton: Tarun loses bronze medal match in straight games - 17-21, 11-21 to Indonesia's Fredy Setiawan.
In men's singles badminton SL4 bronze medal match, Tarun drops first game 17-21 to Indonesia's Fredy Setiawan.