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Tokyo Paralympics 2020: India’s star paddler Sonalben Patel loses to World No. 4 and Rio 2016 silver medalist Li Qian

India started their campaign on August 25, with Sonalben Patel and Bhavinaben Patel both going against the top Paralympics contenders. 

Sonalben VS Li Qian

Sonalben Patel won the first round 11-9 and was looking impressive. But the tables turned around by World No.4 and Rio 2016 silver medalist Li Qian’s fantastic comeback. Li Qian showed terrific composure to win the second round with an 11-3, leveling up the scoreboard, and then she went on to win the decider by 11-4, winning the match. Later the day, Korea’s Lee Mi Gyu has gone on to defeat Qian Li of China. Now, both Lee Mi and Qian Li have one win each. Sonalben Patel faces Lee tomorrow, and she must win the match to complicate the equation.

Outlook India Photo Gallery - India At Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Who won the first medal of the Paralympics 2020?

Denise Schindler won the first medal of the Paralympics 2020. She claimed the bronze medal in the women’s C1-3 3000m individual. In the very next match of the same event, Australia’s Paige Greco took home the gold-winning the very first gold medal of Paralympics 2020.

Australian Cyclist Wins First Gold At Tokyo 2020 Paralympics - WorldNewsEra

Some other vital performances from the day:

1) Indian paddler Bhavina Patel loses her first match against China’s Ying Zhou. View Bhavina Patel’s full performance here: Tokyo Paralympics 2020: World no. 8 Bhavina loses to two time Paralympic champion Zhuo Ying.

2) Belarus’s swimming sensation Ihar Boki sets a new Paralympic record-winning gold in the Men’s 100m Butterfly S13 race with a time of 53.80 secs.

Ihar Boki | International Paralympic Committee

3) Brazil’s Gabriel Bandeira wins gold in the Men’s 100m Butterfly setting a Paralympic record with 54.76 secs. 

4) With a time of 33.11s, Ukraine’s Yelyzaveta Mereshko takes gold in the Women’s 50m Freestyle.

5) Chile wins its first-ever Paralympic medal in para-swimming, thanks to Aberto Abarza for bringing gold home in the men’s 100 backstroke S2.

Alberto Abarza claims Chile's second Paralympic gold medal ever | International Paralympic Committee

6) Sarah Storey of Great Britain wins her 15th Gold medal at the Paralympics. View Sarah Storey’s full performance here: Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Britain’s Sarah Storey breaks world record after winning her 15th Gold Medal

7) Australia’s William Martin created a Paralympic world record with a time of 4:10:25 in Men’s 400m Freestyle.

That’s all from Tokyo Paralympics 2020 Day 1.

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