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India registers its best-ever performance with 19 medals, including five Gold and eight Silver in Tokyo Paralympics

Toyko ,

     In its best ever performance, India bagged 19 medals with five Gold, eight Silver and six Bronze at Tokyo Paralympics. India finished 24th  in the medals tally. On the concluding day today, Indian Shuttler Krishna Nagar won the Gold Medal in the Men's Singles SH6 Category. He defeated Chu Man Kai of Hong Kong 21-17, 16-21, 21-17. Noida District Magistrate and para-badminton player Suhas L Yathiraj bagged  the silver medal. He lost to Lucas Mazur of France in the final of the men's singles event this morning. Lucas won by 15-21, 21-17, 21-15.
     However, Pramod Bhagat & Palak Kohli lost the bronze-medal match in mixed doubles. Japan's Daisuke Fujihara & Akiko Sugino defeated the Indian pair in a close fight by 21-23, 19-21 to finish on the podium at third place.
    Shooter Avani Lekhara  was  India's flag-bearer at the closing ceremony of Tokyo Paralympics today. Lekhara has become the first Indian woman to win two medals in the same Paralympics in addition to being the first Indian woman to win Gold at the Games.
     The 19-year-old has won Gold in the 10 metre air rifle and Bronze in 50 metre rifle 3 position. Indian Paralympic athletes have made the nation proud with their rich haul of medals at the Tokyo Games. India had sent 54 athletes to compete in nine sports, including Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Swimming, Weightlifting, among others.