My Biggest Dream Fulfilled: Indian Shuttler After Clinching Gold At Paralympics

Krishna Nagar clinched the gold medal after defeating Chu Man Kai 2-1 in the men’s singles SH6 final match.

Krishna Nagar (Photo: Twitter/Krishna Nagar)

TOKYO — Krishna Nagar, the Indian shuttler who won a gold medal in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics, said his only aim was to hold the lead during his game as it becomes very hard to bounce back in a big match like a final.

Defeating Hong Kong’s Chu Man Kai 2-1 in the men’s singles SH6-final match, Nagar clinched the gold medal on Sept. 5.

The Indian shuttler said his biggest dream has been fulfilled.

“My sports journey started when I made my debut in para-badminton,” said Nagar. 

“And today, my biggest dream has been fulfilled of winning gold at Paralympics.”

Battling it out on Court 1, the second-seed Indian overwhelmed Chu Man Kai in three sets by 21-17, 16-21, 21-17 in 43 minutes. This was India’s fifth gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Nagar said he was determined to win the final set after going down in the second essay in the summit clash.

“In mind, I knew that I had to win the third set at any cost; the court on which I was playing on was helping me actually,” he said. 

“So I had in my mind that I have to take the lead before going to the second half of the third set so that if I would make any mistake, I could cover them up during the game. I had one thing in my mind that I shouldn’t give the lead to Chu Man Kai; hence I kept a lead of at least one or two points during the match. And as soon as I reached the 17th point, I just ran away with the win.”

Meanwhile, shuttler Manoj Sarkar, who won a bronze on Sept. 4, said the feeling of winning a medal in the Paralympics could not be expressed in words.

“It’s an emotion which couldn’t be expressed in words,” he said. “When you see a dream, and it gets fulfilled, everyone in the camp gets elated. So these emotions couldn’t be expressed in words.”

“I was under pressure in the bronze medal match, and the result could have been better. Before the bronze medal match, it was going in my mind that ‘what if the result is not what I’m expecting.’ It was a do-or-die situation, and I did it. I am ready for the 2024 Paris Paralympics.”

India secured 19 medals at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, including 5 gold, 8 silver, and 6 bronze medals.

India had sent its highest ever contingent of 54 para-athletes across as many as 9 sporting disciplines. Badminton and Taekwondo made their debut in Tokyo, both of which were represented by India.

Since making its first appearance at the Paralympics in 1968, India had won 12 medals until the 2016 Rio edition. It has now drastically improved upon that total number by 7 medals at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 alone. 

(With inputs from ANI)

Edited by Saptak Datta and Ritaban Misra