Tokyo Paralympics, September 2 Highlights: Pramod Bhagat advances to semifinals, Aruna loses in Taekwondo quarterfinal

Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Indian badminton star Pramod Bhagat advanced to the semifinal while Parul Parmar had a mixed day in the women's singles SL4.

India's Palak Kohli will take on Turkey's Zehra Baglar in a women's singles SU5 group play match at the Games on Thursday.   -  AP

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Medallists:  Uzbekistan's Khusniddin Norbekov comes up with his best effort of 16.13 in his last throw to reclaim the top spot from Argentina's Hernan Emanuel and win gold. The Argentinian looked set to take the gold after briefly crossing the Uzbek's previous mark with a throw of 15.90 in his last attempt. But the Uzbek gave it his all and achieved the magical 16.13m mark to seal the gold. China's Xinhan Fu (15.41) wins the bronze.

Sixth throw: Arvind gets a 13.48m in his sixth and final attempt to move up a place to seventh! Italy's Nicky Russo, who was placed seventh until now with a throw of 12.58, manages a 12.57 which means India's Arvind Malik will finish seventh in the final.

Fifth throw:  Arvind fails to get a valid shot put throw in. Still has to make do with the 12.41m throw as his best effort.

Fourth throw:  Arvind gets a 11.87 in his fourth. His best so far has been 12.41m throw he registered in his second attempt. Two more attempts remain to try to match up to hist best performance.

Third throw: It's a no throw from Arvind. But there is another change at the top - Uzbekistan's Khusniddin Norbekov manages a shot put throw of 15.67 to be in the gold medal position.  The order changes after three attempts with the eighth placed athlete throwing the shot put ball first - which means Arvind will now have a back-to-back throw. He was the eighth person to take his attempt in the first three rounds.

Second throw: A much better effort from Arvind as he manages a 12.41 but no change in his position. He is still placed eighth. Arvind has a personal best effort of 14.02. Even if he emulates that, it would be good enough only for a sixth place as of now.  Meanwhile, Argentina's Emanuel Hernan has overtaken the Chinese in the top spot with a 15.53 shot put throw.

First throw: Arvind begins with a poor effort of 10.52 and is currently placed last. China's Xinhan Fu is on top with a throw of 15.41.

Men's Shot Put F35 final: Arvind Malik is in action in the men's shot put final.



Parul Parmar vs Katrin Seiburt Women's Singles SL4

Game 1: First game is going neck and neck. Parul leads 9-8. It's 15-all now, tough fight.  Katrin takes the first game 23-21 in a nailbiting finish.

Game 2: A point each for both shuttlers to get the second game underway. Parul opens up a three-point lead. It's 6-3 in favour of Parul. 9-9 as Katrin fights back before opening up a two-point lead at 11-9. Katrin makes it 15-11 now. Parul fights back. It's 19-19. What a match. Bravo, Parul. She takes the second game 21-19. It's 1-all and we head into the decider!

Game 3: Katrin goes 3-0 up in the decider. Parul bounces back but Katrin still has a three-point lead at 6-3. 10-6 in favour of Katrin now. Katrin keeping Parul at bay for now. 15-11 in the German's favour. Katrin pulling away. She wins the third game 21-15 and with it, the match.

Katrin Seiburt beats Parul Parmar 23-21, 19-21, 21-15.

INJURY UPDATE: Aruna Tanwar had to withdraw from her repechage bout in Women’s Para Taekwondo K44-49kg due to injury.


Pramod Bhagat (India) vs Oleksandr Chyrkov (Ukraine)

Men's Singles SL3 Group Play Stage - Group A

The match gets underway. 

Game 1. Pramod takes early lead: 3-1. Three minutes into the match, it's 6-3 in favour of the Indian shuttler. Make that 8-3. Pramod is pulling away. He has opened up a seven-point lead now. Eight minutes in, Pramod leads 12-5. Chyrkov taking the odd point off Pramod but the latter has dominated the opening game. Pramod has won the first game 21-12.

Game 2. It's 1-1 three minutes into the second game. Pramod opens up a three-point lead early into the second game. It's 10-3 in favour of Pramod. He is cruising at the moment. Make that 14-4. 18-7 now and Pramod is within touching distance of winning this match. That's that.

Pramod Bhagat romps home with a 21-12, 21-9 win over Oleksandr Chyrkov in less than 30 minutes. He advances to the knockouts.


Rahul Jakhar- Mixed 25m Pistol SH1- Final

Jakhar finishes fifth with 12 points

  • China's Xing Huang clinches gold with 27 points, while Szymon Sowinski (POL) and Oleksii Denysiuk (UKR) take silver and bronze, respectively.
  • Jakhar bows out in Series 7, with a total of 12.
  • Jakhar slips to fifth after scoring just one in Series 6.
  • Jakhar is fourth on 10 points after Series 5.

Akash and Rahul Jakhar- Mixed 25m Pistol SH1 Qualification Precision

Jakhar finishes second and is through to the Finals!

  • Rahul Jakhar will be in action in the Final at 12.00 p.m. IST.
  • Jakhar produces a stellar performance in the Rapid round with a score of 292 and finishes second overall with 576. He is through to the Finals.
  • Akash manages 273 in the Rapid, finishing No.20 with 551.
  • After all competitors complete the Precision round, Rahul Jakhar is placed No.13 and Akash is No.20.
  • Rahul Jakhar is placed No.7 with 284 while Akash is at No.11 with 278 after the completion of the Precision series.


Palak Kohli (India) vs Zehra Baglar (Turkey)

Women's Singles SU5 Group Play Stage - Group A

Palak beats Baglar 21-12, 21-18

  • Palak now has one win and a loss from her group stage matches. She had lost to Japan's Ayako Suzuki 2-0 on Wednesday. Whether Palak progresses to the knockout stages or not will depend on the outcome of the Suzuki vs. Baglar match later today.
  • Palak completes a win in straight games, taking Game two 21-18.
  • After a neck-and-neck start to Game 2, Palak takes a 11-7 lead.
  • Palak clinches the first game 21-12.


Krishna Nagar (India) vs Didin Taresoh (Malaysia)

Men's Singles SH6 Group Play Stage - Group B

Krishna Nagar wins in straight games (22-20, 21-10)

  • Krishna Nagar wraps up the match in still, winning the second game 21-10.
  • The Indian takes a more comfortable 15-8 lead.
  • The second Game also may also go down the wire as Krishna Nagar leads 11-7.
  • Krishna Nagar holds his nerve as he wins Game 1 (22-20) by a whisker. The second-seeded Indian was serving for the game at 21-17 when Taresoh claimed three quick points to draw level at 20-20.
  • And it is 20-20 with the Malaysian serving.
  • This is turning out to be a close contest as Krishna leads 18-15 in Game 1.


Aruna vs. Leonor Carranza (PER)

Women K44 - 49kg- Quarterfinal

Aruna (seed 12) loses to fourth-seeded Carranza (PER) 21-84.

  • Aruna loses 9-28 in Round 3, and registers a 21-84 loss in the QF.
  • Aruna trails 12-56 after Round 2.
  • Aruna stages a fightback in the second round but loses 10-30.
  • Aruna loses Round 1 by 2-26 as Carranza lands a flurry of body kicks.


Parul will take on Katrin Seibert (GER) in a Group D clash at 2.30 p.m. IST.

Parul Parmar (India) vs Hefang Cheng (China)- Women's Singles SL4 Group Play Stage - Group D

Parul loses to Cheng 21-8, 21-2 in a match that lasts 18 minutes.

  • Cheng wraps up the second game in 10 mins to take it 21-2.
  • Cheng is leading 10-1 in Game 2 and looks all set for a thumping win.
  • Parul loses the first game 21-8 in just eight minutes.


Aruna (India) vs Danijela Jovanovic (Serbia)

Women K44 - 49kg Round of 16


  • The final scoreline reads: Aruna 29-9 Danijela
  • Aruna cruises to victory by winning Round 3 by 15-2.
  • Aruna overcomes a deficit of 2 points to take the Round 2 by 6-3.
  • Aruna wins Round 1 by 8-4.


Tarun (India) vs Siripong Teamarrom (Thailand)

Men's Singles SL4 Group Play Stage - Group B

TARUN WINS 21-1, 21-13 in straight games.

  • There's no stopping Tarun as he takes Game 2 by 21-13.
  • Tarun bags the first game with a convincing 21-7 victory.
  • Second-seeded Tarun leads 11-3 in Game 1.

Suhas Yathiraj (India) vs Jan Niklas Pott (Germany)

Men's Singles SL4 Group Play Stage - Group A

YATHIRAJ WINS (21-9, 21-3)

  • Yathiraj completes a clinical victory by taking the second game 21-3.
  • The Indian takes the momentum into the second game, leading his German counterpart by 11-1.
  • Yathiraj takes the first game emphatically by 21-9.
  • Suhas Yathiraj leads comfortably by 18-9.


Prachi Yadav- Women's Va'a Single 200m - VL2 Heat 1

  • Prachi finishes No.4 in her Heat with 1:11.098, 13.014 seconds behind leader Emma Wiggs (GBR) and moves to the semifinal.


Palak Kohli, Parul Parmar (India) vs Hefang Cheng, Huihui Ma (China)Women's Doubles SL3-SU5 Group Play Stage - Group B

  • The Indian duo loses to the Chinese pair 21-7, 21-5 in straight games.

Indians in action on September 2 (Timings in IST):

5:15 a.m.- Shooting- P3 - Mixed 25m Pistol SH1 Qualification Precision - Akash, Rahul Jakhar

5:30 a.m.- Badminton - Women's Doubles SL3-SU5 Group Play Stage - Group B - Palak Kohli, Parul Parmar (India) vs Hefang Cheng, Huihui Ma (China)

6:10 a.m.- Badminton - Men's Singles SL4 Group Play Stage - Group A - Suhas Kathiraj (India) vs Jan Niklas Pott (Germany)

6:10 a.m.- Canoe Sprint - Women's Va'a Single 200m - VL2 Heat 1 - Prachi Yadav

6:50 a.m.- Badminton - Men's Singles SL4 Group Play Stage - Group B - Tarun (India) vs Siripong Teamarrom (Thailand)

7:15 a.m.- Taekwondo - Women K44 - 49kg Round of 16 - Aruna (India) vs Danijela Jovanovic (Serbia)

8:50 a.m.- Badminton - Women's Singles SL4 Group Play Stage - Group D - Parul Parmar (India) vs Hefang Cheng (China)

9:30 a.m.- Badminton - Men's Singles SH6 Group Play Stage - Group B - Krishna Nagar (India) vs Didin Taresoh (Malaysia)

10:10 a.m.- Badminton - Women's Singles SU5 Group Play Stage - Group A - Palak Kohli (India) vs Zehra Baglar (Turkey)

01:10 p.m.- Badminton - Men's Singles SL3 Group Play Stage - Group A - Pramod Bhagat (India) vs Oleksandr Chyrkov (Ukraine)

02:30 p.m.- Badminton - Women's Singles SL4 Group Play Stage - Group D - Parul Parmar (India) vs Katrin Seibert (Germany)

4:28 p.m.- Shot Put - Men's Shot Put - F35 Final - Arvind Malik



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  • When will Indian athletes play at the Tokyo Paralympics today?
    Events of Indian interest at the Tokyo Paralympics will begin at 6:00 AM IST on August 31, 2021.
  • Where to watch the Tokyo Paralympics in India?
    The Tokyo Paralympics can be watched in India live on Eurosport and Doordarshan. It can also be streamed online through official channel of Prasar Bharati sports and DD National on Youtube.