Many would suggest that the Paralympics Summer games may not generate the same buzz as the Olympics, yet Indian paddler Bhavinaben Patel is eager to defy all odds as she defeated world no. 3 Zhang Miao of China 7-11, 11-4, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8 to progress into the gold medal match wherein she will lock horns against the world no. 1, Zhou Zing on August 29. Whereas archer Rakesh Kumar progressed into the 1/8 elimination round after defeating Hong Kong’s Chuen K Ngai.
On the other hand, Kumar’s companion and the other Indian in the competition, Shyan Sundar Swami crashed out from the elimination round. While, Indian Javelin Thrower in the F57 sports class, Ranjeet Bhati also bowed out of contention. With several events lined up consisting of Indian athletes, let us look upon their performances on August 28 – Day 4 of the Tokyo Paralympics Summer Games 2020.
India’s Performance on Day 4 at Tokyo Paralympics 2020
Table Tennis- Women’s Singles Class 4- Semi Finals
Bhavinaben Patel defeated world no.3 China’s Zhang Miao 7-11, 11-4, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8. After losing the opening game, she eventually cruised into the finals by winning 3 games to 2. Now, she will face the opponent who got the better of her in the group stages, world no. 1, Zhou Zing on August 29.
Archery- Men’s Individual Compound (1/16 Elimination): Sports Class: ST
India’s Shyam Sundar Swami was defeated by USA’s Matt Stutzman in the elimination game. The former’s highest score was only 28, as compared to Stutzman’s perfect score of 30 in the fourth round.
Archery- Men’s Individual Compound (1/16 Elimination): Sports Class: W2
Rakesh Kumar displayed just why he is considered one of the favorites to fetch a medal for India at the Tokyo Paralympics Summer Games in Tokyo. Kumar got the better of Ngai 144-131 after the five rounds. The Indian archer was the more dominant among the two and eventually sealed his win against the Hong Kong archer.
Athletics- Men’s Javelin Throw: Sports Class: F57
It was disappointing news for Indian track and field contingent, Ranjeet Bhati as he failed to secure any valid throw in six attempts after all of them were deemed as a foul.