In the ongoing 4th Asian Para Games, Indian paddler Bhavina Patel secured a bronze medal in the women’s singles – Class 4 category after facing a tough defeat in the semifinals. Her formidable opponent, China’s Xiaodan Gu, proved to be a major challenge, winning the first game with a score of 11-7. However, Bhavina made a remarkable comeback in the following game, equalizing the match with an 11-6 victory. Nevertheless, Xiaodan regained her momentum in the next two games, causing Bhavina to struggle for each point. In the end, Xiaodan secured her place in the final with an 11-6 win in the third game and an 11-7 victory in the fourth game.
Earlier on the same day, Indian athletes Sumit Antil and Pushpendra Singh made their mark in the men’s Javelin Throw-F64 final. Sumit not only clinched the gold medal but also set new records at the Asian Para Games, the World record, and the Asian record with a remarkable throw of 73.29 meters. Sri Lanka’s Arachchige Samitha claimed the silver medal with a throw of 62.42 meters, while Pushpendra Singh settled for the bronze with a throw of 62.06 meters.
Despite Bhavina Patel’s loss, her bronze medal contributed to India’s growing medal tally at the Asian Para Games. India has sent its largest-ever contingent of 303 athletes, comprising 191 men and 112 women, to the fourth edition of the event. This significant increase in participation reflects India’s commitment to para sports. In the 2018 Asian Para Games, India made an impressive showing by returning with a total of 72 medals, including 15 gold medals, marking their best-ever performance at the quadrennial event.
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