Bhavina Patel wins gold, Sonalben bags bronze in para TT at CWG

By: PTI |

August 7, 2022 2:03:59 am

India's Bhavina Hasmukhbhai Patel in action against Ikpeoyi Ifechukwude Christiana of Nigeria during the final of Para Table Tennis event at Commonwealth Games 2022. (PTI)

Star Indian para 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 at Tokyo Paralympics, prevailed 12-10 11-2 11-9 over Nigeria’s Ifechukwude Christiana Ikpeoyi to cap off a superb show at the quadrennial event.

Bhavina reached the world No. 2 ranking by winning the silver medal in the individual category at the 2011 PTT Thailand Open.

Besides, she also won a silver medal in the women’s singles class 4 at the Asian Para Table Tennis Championships in Beijing in 2013.

Inspiring 🥇 by @BhavinaOfficial in the Women's Singles Classes 3 – 5 Para Table Tennis giving Team🇮🇳 a 1 & 3 finish in the category and the 14th medal of the day#EkIndiaTeamIndia #WeAreTeamIndia

— Team India (@WeAreTeamIndia) August 6, 2022

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

The 34-year-old Indian beat England’s Sue Bailey 11-5 11-2 11-3 in the bronze medal play-off.

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

Para powerlifter Sudhir had also won a gold medal after scripting a Commonwealth Games record in the men’s heavyweight.

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In para table tennis, classes 1-5 are for wheelchair athletes.

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First published on: 07-08-2022 at 02:03:59 am

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