Tokyo Paralympics: India’s Sonalben Manubhai Patel loses, Bhavinaben goes ahead

India’s para table tennis player SonalBenManubhai Patel lost against Lee Mi-gyu of South Korea in Group D of women’s singles — Class 3 — at the ongoing Tokyo paralympics on Thursday.

Tokyo Paralympics: India's Sonalben Manubhai Patel Loses To South Korea's  Lee Mi-Gyu In Women's Table Tennis Singles | Olympics News

Mi-gyu defeated Sonalben 3-1 (10-12, 11-5, 11-3, 11-9) and the entire match lasted for just 30 minutes. Sonalben had won the opening game in a closely fought affair but she was not able to carry forward the momentum and ended up losing the next three games. On Wednesday, she was beaten by China’s Qian Li by a score of 3-2.

World number 4 Qian Li defeated Sonalben in five sets, 9-11, 11-3, 15-17, 11-7, 11-4, in 36 minutes.

Earlier on Thursday, India’s para table tennis player Bhavinaben Patel defeated Megan Shackleton of Great Britain 3-1 in a thrilling match of Group A in women’s singles — Class 4.Tokyo Paralympics: India's Bhavinaben Patel Qualifies For Women's Singles  Table Tennis Round Of 16 | Olympics News

Bhavinaben saved the game point in the fourth game and then took the lead to clinch the match. With this 3-1 win (11-7, 9-11, 17-15, 13-11), Bhavinaben qualified for the next round.

Meanwhile, Paige Greco, an Australian cyclist, had the honour of winning the first gold of the Games, 354 days later than originally envisaged because of the Covid-19 pandemic and a day after a high-energy but poignant opening ceremony.

Despite a year-long postponement, and with coronavirus fears hanging over the event, world and Paralympics records tumbled in the swimming pool and on the cycling track with 24 gold medals awarded on the first day of competition itself.

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