India’s Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj ended his campaign with a historic silver medal after battling seed Lucas Mazur of France in the SL4 men’s final at the Tokyo Paralympics on Sunday.
The 38-year-old Noida District Magistrate, who suffers from a deficiency in one of his ankles, produced an entertaining performance before narrowly losing 21-15 17-21 15-21 to the two-time champion. Mazur world during a 62 minute summit. shock.
Suhas had lost to Mazur, who also won three gold at the European Championships, in the Group A qualifier, but India made a huge effort in the final to challenge their world No.1 rival.
The district magistrate of Gautam Buddh Nagar (Noida) thus also became the very first IAS officer to win a medal at the Paralympic Games.
Suhas earlier beat Indonesia’s Fredy Setiawan 21-9 21-15 in the semifinals.
In the SL4 bronze medal qualifiers, second seed Tarun Dhillon lost 17-21 11-21 to Indonesia’s Fredy Setiawan in 32 minutes to miss a medal at the National Totogi Stadium.
A computer engineer, Suhas became an IAS officer and served as Noida District Magistrate since 2020, a role that has seen him at the forefront of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the court, he won gold medals at the 2017 BWF Turkish Para-Badminton Championship in men’s singles and doubles. He also won gold at the 2016 Asian Championships, in addition to a bronze medal at the 2018 Asian Paralympic Games.
Other medals are in reserve for India as Krishna Nagar also participated in the men’s singles final SH6.
Pramod Bhagat, 33, and his partner Palak Kohli, 19, will meet Japanese pair Daisuke Fujihara and Akiko Sugino in the SL3-SU5 mixed doubles bronze medal match later on Sunday.
They lost the semi-finals 3-21 15-21 to the Indonesian combination of Hary Susanto and Leani Ratri Oktila.
Bhagat won India’s first gold medal at the Paralympic Games on Saturday in the SL3 men’s singles.
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