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World Champion Para Shuttler from Odisha, Pramod Bhagat etched glory for his State and the country by winning gold medal in the Badminton Singles event at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics, on Saturday.
Pramod won the gold medal match by defeating his strong opponent, Great Britain's Daniel Bethell, in two straight games-- 21-14, 21-17. This was Pramod's first-ever participation at any Paralympic Games.
After a dominant display in the first game, the 4-time BWF Champion initially went down in the second but overcame the deficit in a strong manner before ultimately wrapping up gold for him and the country.
The win means that India has now bagged a total of 17 medals with 4 golds alone at the 16th edition of the Paralympic Games, the world's second biggest sporting spectacle.
Meanwhile, Pramod's historic win at the Tokyo Games, which is being touted as one of the best ever success for any sportsman from Odisha has sparked jubilations across the State.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of the first to congratulate the Odia boy on his stupendous success. The Prime Minister took to Twitter to share a congratulatory message in his Twitter handle.
Pramod Bhagat has won the hearts of the entire nation. He is a Champion, whose success will motivate millions. He showed remarkable resilience & determination. Congratulations to him for winning the Gold in Badminton. Best wishes to him for his future endeavours. @PramodBhagat83— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 4, 2021
Golden boy!!! What a performance!!! Thank you for making Odisha & India proud again!, wrote former Parliamentarian from Odisha and National Vice President of BJP, Jay Panda.
Golden boy!!!— Office of Jay Panda (@mp_office) September 4, 2021
What a performance!!!
Thank you for making Odisha & India proud again!
Heartiest congratulations to @PramodBhagat83 on winning Gold 🥇 in the #ParaBadminton Men's singles SL3 final in #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics.@PandaJay conveys his best wishes to you👍#Praise4Para pic.twitter.com/t0DA3IcAEN
Pramod Bhagat scripts history to bag 1st ever gold medal in Men's Singles SL3 event at Paralympics. A remarkable achievement, Union Youth Affairs & Sports Minister Anurag Thakur writes in his congratulatory message.
G O L D 🥇!— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) September 4, 2021
Pramod Bhagat scripts history to bag 1st ever gold medal in Men's Singles SL3 event at #Paralympics
A remarkable achievement !
The 4 time BWF Champion adds a #Paralympics Gold to his name#Cheer4India #Praise4Para pic.twitter.com/qZ77Bf8gJA
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also extended greetings to the Pramod after he became the first-ever shuttler to win Gold Medal in para-badminton men's singles SL3 at Paralympic Games.
ସ୍ବର୍ଣ୍ଣିମ ମୁହୂର୍ତ୍ତ !#Tokoy2020 ର #ParaBadminton ରେ ଦେଶର ପ୍ରଥମ ସ୍ୱର୍ଣ୍ଣ ପଦକ ଜିତିଥିବା ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ପ୍ରତିଭା ପ୍ରମୋଦ ଭଗତଙ୍କୁ ଶୁଭେଚ୍ଛା। ତୁମ ସଫଳତା ସାରା ଦେଶକୁ ଗୌରବାନ୍ବିତ କରିଛି। ଆଗାମୀ ଦିନରେ ତୁମର ଆହୁରି ଉଜ୍ଜ୍ଵଳ ଭବିଷ୍ୟତ କାମନା କରୁଛି।#Cheer4India #Praise4Para pic.twitter.com/4gWBVU2d9Y— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) September 4, 2021