Kampala: Indian para shuttlers finished their campaign with a whopping 47 medals at the Uganda Para-Badminton International 2021 in Kampala.
India bagged 16 golds, 14 silver and 17 bronze medals at the five-day international tournament held in the Ugandan capital between November 17 and November 21.
World No. 1 and Tokyo Paralympics champion Pramod Bhagat clinched three silvers; Men’s singles SL3 category, men’s doubles SL3/SL4 partnering with Manoj Sarkar and in the mixed doubles with his partner Palak Kohli.
While Sukant Kadam claimed a gold medal after defeating his compatriot Nilesh Gaikwad 21-16, 17-21, 21-10 in the SL4 category.
The mixed duo of Palak and Bhagat went down to their Indian counterparts Ruthick Ragupathi and Manasi G. Josh 19-21, 16-21 in the finals. In the men’s doubles, Bhagat and Sarkar lost to compatriots Mohammad Arwaz Ansari & Deep Ranjan in a decider by 21-10, 20-22, 15-21.
Reigning para world badminton champion Manasi Joshi claimed a gold medal in women’s singles SL3 category, and Tokyo Paralympics bronze medallist Manoj Sarkar too wrapped up the gold after defeating his counterpart from India, Pramod Bhagat in Men’s singles SL3 final.
Palak Kohli, Abu Zubaida & Ammu Mohan ended up with triple delight, with 2 golds & one silver each across disciplines at the international meet.
More than 130 badminton players competed in the tournament. Indian para shuttlers played the final in 13 events and in eleven events both finalists were from India.