Paralympics: Odisha’s Pramod Bhagat Clinches First Para-badminton Gold For India
World number 1 Para-shuttler Pramod Bhagat has created history after becoming the first Indian to clinch a gold medal in para-badminton at the Tokyo Paralympics. The Odisha shuttler defeated Great Britain’s Daniell Bethell in the Men’s SL3 category.
Pramod was trailing by eight points in the second game before winning the match 21-14, 21-17. India now has a total of 17 medals, including four golds.
Hailing from Attabira in the Bargarh district of Odisha, Pramod had polio which rendered his left leg ineffective. But his supportive parents, especially his father, gave him the strength to achieve his dreams. Despite coming from a humble background, Pramod climbed up the success ladder and smashed records.
This is the first gold medal ever from Odisha in either Olympics or Paralympics.
Soon after his win, a host of congratulatory messages flooded in for Pramod.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote, “Pramod Bhagat has won the hearts of the entire nation. He is a Champion, whose success will motivate millions. He showed remarkable resilience & determination. Congratulations to him for winning the Gold in Badminton. Best wishes to him for his future endeavours.”
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik termed it as the ‘Golden Moment.’
Earlier in April, Pramod had bagged two gold medals and a bronze in the 3rd National Para badminton championships.