Paralympics: Avani Lekhara fails to qualify for the final, Shuttlers Palak, Pramod also disappoint
By Sanjay Maurya
- Shooter Avani Lekhara was eliminated in the qualification round on 1st
- Sidhartha Babu and Deepak Kumar had a bad day at the Asaka Shooting Range.
- Palak Kohli and Pramod Bhagat were defeated by 2-1 in the doubles SL3-SU5 at Yoyogi National Stadium Court 3.
Shooter Avani Lekhara, who two days earlier won India’s first female gold medalist at the Paralympic Games, was eliminated in the qualification round of the mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 event here on August 1.
Individuals with no disability in the upper limbs but an impairment in one or both lower limbs can compete in the SH1 (Rifle). Lekhara struggled to a disappointing 27th place finish with a score of 629.7, dropping out in the third round.
Sidhartha Babu and Deepak Kumar, two other Indian para shooters in the men’s event, had a difficult day at the Asaka Shooting Range, finishing 40th and 43rd with scores of 625.5 and 624.9, respectively. Natascha Hiltrop of Germany took gold, with Park Jinho of South Korea and Iryna Schetnik of Ukraine taking silver and bronze.
Shuttlers Pramod, Palak lose in mixed doubles group game
On August 1, the Indian mixed pair of Palak Kohli and Pramod Bhagat defeated by 2-1 in the doubles SL3-SU5 at Yoyogi National Stadium Court 3 to the French pair of Lucas Mazur and Faustine Noel. In the Group Play Stage — Group B match, the world number two pair of Lucas Mazur and Faustine Noel defeated the Indian duo in three sets, 21-9, 15-21, 21-19. The game was 43 minutes long.
The second-seeded French team dominated the contest from the start, jumping out to an 11-4 advantage in the first game. The Indian duo put up a fight, but it was futile as Lucas and Faustine easily won the first set 21-9 in 11 minutes. The French players sought to keep the momentum going in the second set, but the Indian combination shows great grit and determination to pull off a stunning comeback. To force the decider, they won the second set 21-15 in 12 minutes.
The final set was far from one-sided, as the Indian pair matched the French team at every turn. In the decider, the second-seed team had a 14-11 lead, but Palak-Pramod showed their grit by gaining a 15-14 edge. Lucas and Faustine quickly clawed their way back into the match, taking a two-point lead at 18-20. In the third set, the Indians were able to save one match point before losing the match.
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