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Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Suhas Yathiraj wins silver medal in men’s singles SL4 category

Indian para shuttler Suhas Yathiraj wins silver medal in the men’s singles SL4 category at the Yoyogi National Stadium, Tokyo. The 38 years old Indian lost the gold medal match to world no.1 Lucas Mazur of France.

IAS officer Suhas Yathiraj wins silver at Tokyo Paralympics 2020

Suhas did well to stretch the Frenchman to three sets. The match ended with a scoreline of 21-15, 17-21, 15-21.  Nonetheless, Suhas Yathiraj became the first Indian Administrative Officer to win a medal at the Paralympic Games.

Yathiraj is currently serving as the District Magistrate of Gautam Buddha Nagar in Uttar Pradesh. He stunned the three-time world championship medallist in the first set by winning it.

 

Suhas posing for the camera after the medal ceremony

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The Frenchman was no match to Suhas’ deft touches and scintillating smashes. This came as a surprise as Lucas Mazur entered this event as the gold medal favorite due to his dominant performances in recent years.

In the second game, Mazur showed that why is he the reigning World Champion.

He regained his composure and put on an exhibition of supreme skills in front of a select crowd at the Yoyogi National Stadium.

Suhas in action

 

It was an absolute treat to watch Suhas dominate Mazur at one point of the match as he won points and celebrated by turning to his coach. This had the Frenchman rattled.

In the all-important third game, Suhas did not let Mazur off the hook and matched him point with point.

But at one point the resilience and the perseverance of Mazur came to the fore as he maintained his composure to win points at crucial junctures to seal the third game.

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Rohit Kumar
Rohit Kumarhttp://thesportslite.com/
A seccond-year political science honours student at Delhi University who has won many accolades in quizzes, debates, creative writing, MUNs and many more. An ardent sports enthusiast who's been following the Olympics since he was 13.
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