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Bhavinaben Patel bags historic silver; opens India’s medal account at Tokyo Paralympics

Bhavinaben Patel bags historic silver; opens India's medal account at Tokyo Paralympics
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Bhavinaben Patel bags historic silver; opens India’s medal account at Tokyo Paralympics

Indian paddler Bhavinaben Patel claimed a historic silver medal in table tennis (class 4) event at the Tokyo Paralympics, thus opening India’s medal account at the Games.

The 34-year-old Patel’s impressive run at the Games ended with a 7-11 5-11 6-11 loss to Zhou, a two-time gold medallist, in the women’s singles summit clash which lasted 19 minutes.

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Patel had suffered a loss to Zhou in her first group stage match earlier in the week.

Up against an opponent, who has five Paralympic medals to her name including gold medals in singles at Beijing and London, Patel seemed to struggle as she couldn’t execute her strategy.

Patel, who was diagnosed with polio when she was 12 months old, had defeated world no 3 Miao Zhang of China 7-11 11-7 11-4 9-11 11-8 in the semifinal showdown on Saturday.

In the quarterfinal on Friday, Patel had defeated 2016 Rio Paralympics gold medallist and world number two Borislava Peric Rankovic of Serbia to assure a medal and script history.

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