Tokyo Paralympic Games: Determined to win game opener against Fujihara, says bronze medalist Manoj Sarkar
After winning a bronze medal at the current Tokyo Paralympic Games, commuter Manoj Sarkar said on Saturday he was focusing on winning the first game against his Japanese opponent as it would have allowed him to play the entire game on the front foot. “Actually my goal was to win the first game. I was playing in Japan against a Japanese opponent. I had beaten that opponent before, but the first game turned out to be close. I was determined to win the first game. . We have been playing para badminton for a very long time but helping the country to win a medal at the Paralympic Games is huge, the credit goes to my coach Gaurav sir. SAI also played a big role and I want to thank them for having kept the conviction in us, “Sarkar said at a virtual press conference hosted by Eurosport.
“I had played my first match against Pramod Bhagat. When I play against an opponent from my own country, I don’t feel that competitive spirit, but this competition has shown me that an opponent is an opponent and I cannot not let the emotions get better from me, ”he added. Indian commuter Manoj Sarkar won a bronze medal after defeating Daisuke Fujihara of Japan in the men’s SL3 singles event here at Yoyogi National Stadium Court 3 during the Tokyo Paralympic Games underway on Saturday. Sarkar defeated Fujihara 22-20, 21-13 in the bronze medal game. The whole match lasted 47 minutes.
The first game went both ways, but it was Sarkar who managed to hold on, winning it 22-20. The Indian commuter continued the momentum and ended up winning the match in two consecutive games.
Earlier on Saturday, Manoj Sarkar lost the SL3 men’s singles semi-final match in straight sets. Daniel Bethell of Great Britain beat Manoj 21-8, 21-10 in the semifinals to seal the game in 38 minutes. Meanwhile, Pramod Bhagat won the final to win the gold medal. (ANI)
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