Manoj Sarkar defeated Japan’s Daisuke Fujihara to clinch bronze in the badminton men’s singles SL3 event at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics. The 31-year-old won in straight sets, sealing a 22-20 21-13 win on Saturday. Sarkar crashed to a 8-21 10-21 defeat in the semifinals against Great Britain’s Daniel Bethell, but bounced back strongly to coast past Fujihara. In SL3 classification, athletes with lower limb impairment are allowed to compete.
In a match which lasted for 47 minutes, Sarkar managed to win the first game 22-20, in what was turning out to be a cagey encounter.
The Indian shuttler found his footing in the second game, crusing to a 21-13 win against his Japanese opponent.
Also, India’s Pramod Bhagat, who is also the reigning world champion, claimed a historic gold in this event, defeating Bethell in the summit clash.