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India win 3 gold, 4 silver medals at 2019 Thailand Para Badminton Tournament

Indian para badminton players put up a great show at the 2019 Thailand Para-Badminton Tournament that ended on Saturday. India swept 13 medals including 3 gold, 4 silver and six bronze.

A good week at the 2019 Thailand Para Badminton Tournament for India with all its star players putting up a good performance throughout. That the men's singles final in the SL3 category saw two Indian para players pitted against each other was significant. Manoj Sarkar came face to face with doubles partner Pramod Bhagat but the match could not take place as Pramod pulled out due to an ankle injury.

"I am feeling bad that Pramod had to pull out and we could not play the final", said Manoj to NewzHook. "I am not happy with the result because we never got to play".

On the whole, the Uttarakhand player, who has been health issues, sounded satisfied with his performance. "I had been keeping unwell because of typhoid and some other issues but I was able to recover soon and play quite comfortably so that makes me happy", said Manoj, who was ranked world number one.

Its again a turnaround for Manoj. He was world number 1 and he had tough time with injuries. Now he is coming back to track and its like our national finals. - Gaurav Khanna, Head Coach, Indian Para Badminton

This was the final medals tally for India at the end of the week-long Thailand Para-Badminton tournament.

  • Gold medals - 3. Manoj Sarkar MS SL3 category, Krishna Nagar MS SS6 category, Parul Parmar WS SL3 category.
  • Silver medals - 4. Abu Hubaida WH1-WH2 XD, Pramod Bhagat MS SL3, Raja Magotra & Krishna Nagar MD SS6, Manoj Sarkar & Pramod Bhagat MD SL3-SL4.
  • Bronze - Sukant Kadam MS SL4, Suhas L Y MS SL4, Rakesh Pandey & Rajkumar MD SU5, Vikram Kumar & Suhas L Y MD SL3-SL4, Rajkumar & Parul Parmar XD SL3-SU5, Sanjeev Kumar XD WH1-WH2.

The players are now headed to China for the 2019 China International, which is a qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

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