Joshi and Bhagat shine as India win 21 medals at Spanish Para Badminton International

Manshi Joshi and Nithya Sre won one gold medal each, while Tokyo Paralympic champion Pramod Bhagat earned two silver and one bronze as India won up to 21 medals in Spanish Para Badminton International in Cartagena, Spain.

World no. 1 Joshi (SL3) and Sre (SH6) were among the six gold medalists, while India also won seven silver and eight bronze medals in the Tier I tournament, which ended on Sunday .

Raja/Krishna (SH6 men’s doubles), Raj/Parul (SL3-SU5 mixed doubles), Chirag/Raj (SU5 men’s doubles) and Nitesh/Tarun (SL3-SL4 men’s doubles) also bagged the yellow metal.

World number 1 Bhagat (SL3) earned two silver and one bronze medals, while world number 2 Sukant Kadam (SL 4) won a bronze medal at the event.

Tarun Dhillon (men’s singles SL4), Krishna Nagar (men’s singles SH6), Mandeep Kaur (women’s singles SL3), Manasi/Ruthick (mixed doubles SL3-SU5), Hardik/Ruthik (men’s doubles SU5) and Manoj/Bhagat (men’s doubles SL3-SL4) also won silver medals.

The bronze medalists were Nitesh Kumar (men’s singles SL3), Manoj (men’s singles SL3), Nilesh Gaikwad (men’s singles SL4), Parul Parmar (women’s singles SL3), Bhagat/Kohli (mixed doubles SL3-SU5), Arwaz/Deep (men’s doubles SL3-SL4) and Prem Ale/Abu Hubaida (men’s doubles WH1-WH2).

“It was a tough week and I couldn’t execute what I had planned. I have identified my errors and will begin to correct them immediately. I will go straight back to training and focus on my next tournaments,” Bhagat said.

Kadam lost to world number 1 Lucas Mazur of France 21-19 19-21 12-21 in the semi-finals to settle for a bronze medal.

Mazur won the gold medal beating India’s Tarun 21-7 21-9 in the summit clash.

“I had a decent run in the tournament and pushed Mazur to his limits but missed. I’m sure I’ll work on the mistakes from this game and be ready for the next tournament,” Kadam said.

India recently won 34 medals, including 11 gold, seven silver and 16 bronze, at the Spanish Para badminton International II event.

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