Indian badminton player and Gautam Buddha Nagar District Magistrate Suhas L Yathiraj had to be content with a silver medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. He was defeated 15-21, 21-17, 21-15 by world No. 1 Lucas Mazur of France in the men’s singles SL4 final of badminton on Sunday. 38-year-old Suhas won the silver medal after Pramod Bhagat’s gold in the badminton event of Paralympics.
India’s medal tally increased to 18 in the Tokyo Games. World No. 3 Suhas reached the title match by defeating World No. 2 Daniel Bethel of Great Britain 21-14, 21-17 in the semi-finals.
In the SL4 category itself, Tarun Dhillon had to face defeat in the bronze medal match. He was defeated by Freddy Setiawan of Indonesia 21-17, 21-11 in 32 minutes.
In the current Paralympics, India has won 18 medals so far. India now has 4 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze medals. This is India’s best performance in the history of Paralympics. In Rio Paralympics (2016), India won 4 medals including 2 gold.
In the SL category, players with a standing disorder or a lower leg deformity compete, while in the SU, athletes with an upper back disorder play. Suhas has a problem with one ankle.