Asian Para Games bronze medallist Krishna Nagar from India put up a superb show, securing two gold medals at the 2nd Fazza-Dubai Para-Badminton International Championships in Dubai on Sunday.
A day after upsetting World no. 1 Jack Shepherd in the men’s singles SS6 semi-finals, Nagar pulled off the second upset in as many days when he defeated England’s world no. 2 Krysten Coombs 20-22, 25-23, 21-12 in the most exciting final of the day, that went over an hour. “Yes, this is the biggest win of my career,” an elated Nagar said before he went on to make it two-for-two, winning the mixed doubles title along with Raja Magotra.
“This is big for my motivation in this important year and going ahead in the road to Tokyo 2020,” said the left-handed player, who started playing the sport only in 2018 and won his first medal at the Thailand International in July last year.
Overall, Team India had a good run at the event finishing with nine medals including four golds on Sunday.Among others, World no. 1 Pramod Bhagat and Parul Parmer took the gold in SL3 men’s and women’s singles. However, Asian Para Games winner Tarun went down to French world no. 1 Lucas Mazur in straight games 13-21, 17-21 in men’s singles SL4 final.
Badminton powerhouse China emerged as the best team, winning 19 medals including six gold medals in the second-largest-ever field in the history of Para-Badminton.
As many as 270 players from 37 nations took part at the event.