Parasports September 5, 2021
Krishna Nagar shines on final day as India win record 19 medals at the Paralympics
What a performance by India at the Tokyo Paralympics! A record 19 medals have been won by the Indian contingent at the 2021 Tokyo Paralympics, the highest ever to be won in any of the Paralympics so far. In all, 5 gold, 8 silver, and 6 bronze medals were won by India.
A milestone Paralympics for India this year with record-breaking performances in many categories. Signing off in style was Krishna Nagar who won a gold medal in para-badminton in the men’s singles SH6 event category, while IAS officer Suhas Yathiraj won a silver medal in the men’s singles SL4 event. All this action happened on the last day at the Tokyo Paralympics.
Nagar dedicated his medal to India’s COVID-19 warriors.
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’s para-badminton coach Gaurav Khanna was visibly proud and moved by the para-badminton team’s performance. Speaking at a virtual press conference Khanna said he could not have asked for a better gift on Teacher’s Day.
There can’t be a better gift than this. When I had got the Droanacharya award, I had a feeling that I could not express, but this Paralympics with three medals, the feeling is no less. I am overwhelmed. – Gaurav Khanna, Para-badminton coach, India
The highlights of this Games were the six gold medals, won by Avani Lekhara for shooting, Manish Narwal (shooting), Sumot Antil (Athletics), Pramod Bhagat (Badminton), and Krishna Nagar (Badminton). Athletics contributed to the most number of medals, following by shooting and badminton. ‘
Prime MInister Narendra Modi spoke for the nation when he tweeted:
In the history of Indian sports, the Tokyo #Paralympics will always have a special place. The games will remain etched in the memory of every Indian and will motivate generations of athletes to pursue sports. Every member of our contingent is a champion and source of inspiration.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 5, 2021
Lekhara was India’s flag bearer in the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium. India has finished 24 among the 162 participating countries, an amazing achievement that shows our para sportspersons are deserving of as much support and respect as able-bodied sportspersons.
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