Pramod Bhagat and Manisha Ramadass won gold medals in singles at the BWF Para Badminton World Championships in Tokyo on Sunday.
In an all-Indian SL3 final, the reigning Paralympic gold medallist Bhagat beat compatriot Nitesh Kumar 21-19, 21-19 in 53 minutes.
This is Bhagat’s fourth World Championships gold in singles and sixth overall in the marquee event. However, Bhagat and Manoj Sarkar went down 21-14, 18-21, 13-21 to Indonesia’s Hikmat Ramdani-Ukun Rukaendi in the SL3-SL4 men’s doubles final.
“This win is huge for me as I have been working very hard,” said Bhagat after winning gold in singles and silver in men’s doubles.
Manisha Ramadass beat Japan’s Mamiko Toyoda 21-15, 21-15 in half hour in the SU5 final.
Bhagat who is playing his seventh career World Championships, has won a total of six gold, two silver and three bronze medals in singles and doubles in the six championships he has played. Moreover, except for the 2007 and 2017 World Championships, Pramod has reached the finals in all the editions.
Talking about the same Bhagat said, “I am very happy with my performance in singles, in doubles we could have done better. This win is huge for me as I have been working very hard. This win tells me that I am moving in the right direction.”
India ended its campaign with two gold, two silver and 12 bronze medals.