Tokyo Paralympics: Shuttler Manoj Sarkar wins bronze in SL3 men’s singles

India shuttler Manoj Sarkar won a bronze medal after defeating Japan’s Daisuke Fujihara 22-20, 21-13 in the men’s singles SL3 event on Saturday at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics. 

The 31-year-old Indian shuttler dug deep in the opening game before cruising through the second to clinch the medal in a match that lasted for over 47 minutes at the Yoyogi National Stadium Court 3. 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Manoj for his stunning performance as he wrote, “Overjoyed by @manojsarkar07’s wonderful performance. Congrats to him for bringing home the prestigious Bronze Medal in badminton. Wishing in the very best for the times ahead. #Paralympics #Praise4Para”

After these two badminton medals, Indian contingent took its Tokyo medals count to 17 medals, which include four gold, seven silver and six bronze.

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Pramod Bhagat won the final to take home a historic gold medal. 

During the match, the first game went back and forth, but it was Sarkar who managed to hold his own, winning it 22-20. 

The Indian shuttler carried forward his momentum and ended up winning the match in straight games.

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Earlier on Saturday, Manoj Sarkar had lost the men’s singles SL3 semi-final match in straight sets in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics.

Daniel Bethell of Great Britain defeated Manoj 21-8, 21-10 in the semi-final clash to seal the match in 38 minutes. 

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