On Super Sunday Bhavina Patel Wins Silver, Becomes First Indian To Win A Medal In Table Tennis Event of The Paralympic Games
This is India's first medal in Tokyo Paralympics 2020. Bhavina has become the first player from India who has won a medal in Table Tennis. She is the only second women athlete in India to win a medal in the Paralympics. Deepa Malik had won a silver medal in Shot Put in Rio 2016. Competing in her maiden Paralympic, the 34-year-old Gujarat-based paddler Bhavina lost to Zhou Ying of China in women’s singles Class 4 category 0-3 (7-11, 5-11, 6-11).
New Delhi: Bhavina Patel of India has won a Silver medal in the women's Table Tennis event of the Paralympics 2020 in Tokyo. This is India's first medal in Tokyo Paralympics 2020. She has become the first player of India who has won a medal in Table Tennis. Now, She is the only second women athlete in India to win a medal in the Paralympics. Deepa Malik had won a silver medal in Shot Put in Rio 2016.
Competing in her maiden Paralympic, the 34-year-old Gujarat-based paddler lost to Zhou Ying of China in women’s singles Class 4 category 0-3 (7-11, 5-11, 6-11). Bhavina was up against World No. 1 player, who is much more experienced, she tried her best but could not match Zhou in the first two games. In third game Bhavina gave fight for every point and once levelled with 5-5 also, in the end, she lost but came out with her head high.
Zhou had also defeated Bhavina in the group stages but Bhavina came back strongly and played some exceptionally good matches to reach the final match.
Zhou Ying is one of the most decorated para-paddlers in China. She played her way through the junior ranks and continued her brilliance onto the international stage. The 32-year-old is a 5 time Paralympic gold medalist. She won two medals in each of the singles and team events during the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic campaigns. Although she missed out on the podium in singles at the 2016 Rio games, she managed to get to glory in the team event.
The Chinese paddler is also a 6-time World Championship medalist. Her medals include 5 gold and 1 silver medal. She is one of the best paddlers in Asia, having won 14 Asian Championship medals and 5 Asian Games gold medals.
Indian contingent went to Tokyo with a record of having competed in 11 editions of the Paralympic Games since its introduction in 1960, India has won 12 medals, including four gold, four silver and four bronze. India has won all medals in two sports athletics and Swimming but now Bhavina has added a new sport Table tennis to the list.
Bhavina has been given the best support by the Government in terms of international competitions, assistance towards procuring a Robot ‘Butterfly – Amicus Prime’ worth Rs 2.85 lakh, an Ottobock Wheelchair worth Rs 2.74 Lakh and a table. Other assistance included support towards Physiotherapy, Dietician, psychologist and coach fee to prepare for the Paralympic Games besides sport-specific equipment.
Deepa Malik, silver medal, women’s shot put F53
Deepa Malik is the first Indian woman to win a Paralympics medal. She won a silver medal in the women's shot put F53 event at the 2016 Rio Games after a throw of 4.61m. Deepa Malik received the Arjuna Award in 2012, the Padma Shri in 2017 and the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award in 2019. Deepa Malik is the president of the Paralympic Committee of India.
List of previous Indian medal winners in Paralympics:
|Murlikant Petkar||Heidelberg 1972||Swimming, Men's 50m freestyle 3||Gold|
|Bhimrao Kesarkar||Stoke Mandeville/New York 1984||Men's javelin throw L6||Silver|
|Joginder Singh Bedi||Stoke Mandeville/New York 1984||Men's javelin throw L6||Bronze|
|Joginder Singh Bedi||Stoke Mandeville/New York 1984||Mn's shot put L6||Silver|
|Joginder Singh Bedi||Stoke Mandeville/New York 1984||Men's discus throw L6||Bronze|
|Devendra Jhajharia||Athens 2004||Men's javelin throw F44/ 46||Gold|
|Rajinder Singh Rahelu||Athens 2004||Men's 56 kg||Bronze|
|Girisha N Gowda||London 2012||Men's high jump F42||Silver|
|Mariyappan Thangavelu||Rio 2016||Men's high jump F42||Gold|
|Varun Singh Bhati||Rio 2016||Men's high jump F42||Bronze|
|Devendra Jhajharia||Rio 2016||Men's javelin throw F46||Gold|
|Deepa Malik||Rio 2016||Women's shot put F53||Silver|