Sun. Nov 27th, 2022

Star Indian table tennis player Bhavina Patel won a gold medal in the women’s singles class 3-5 at the Commonwealth Games here on Saturday.

The 35-year-old from Gujarat, who had won a silver medal at the Tokyo Paralympics, beat Nigerian Ifechukwude Christiana Ikpeoyi 12-10, 11-2, 11-9 to cap off a magnificent show at the quadrennial event .

Bhavina rose to No. 2 in the world by winning the silver medal in the singles category at the 2011 PTT Thailand Open. In addition, she also won a silver medal in the women’s singles class 4 at the Asian Para Table Tennis Championships in Beijing in 2013.

In 2017, Bhavina took a bronze at the Asian Para Table Tennis Championships in Beijing. Sonalben Manubhai Patel also gave India a medal, claiming a bronze in the women’s singles 3-5 class.

The 34-year-old Indian defeated England’s Sue Bailey 11-5, 11-2, 11-3 in the bronze medal playoff.

However, Raj Aravindan Alagar lost to Nigeria’s Isau Ogunkunle 0-3 in the men’s singles bronze medal playoff 3-5.

Parapowerlifter Sudhir had also won a gold medal after setting a Commonwealth Games record in men’s heavyweight. In para table tennis, classes 1-5 are for wheelchair athletes.

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