Indian Table Tennis player Bhavina Patel has created history by becoming only the second Indian female athlete to achieve feat of history. She banged a historic silver medal on her Paralympics Games debut in Tokyo. She is the first Indian table tennis player to win a medal in Paralympics and second female athlete after PCI chief Deepa Malik to achieve feat. Malik has won Silver at Rio 2016 in women’s shot put. Patel lost 0-3 to world number one Chinese paddler Ying Zhou in the women’s singles class 4 final in on Sunday.
The 34-year-old Patel’s impressive run at the games ended with a 7-11 5-11 5-11 loss to Zhou, a two-time gold medallist, in the women’s singles summit clash which lasted 19 minutes. Patel suffered a loss to Zhou in her first group stage match earlier in the week. Up against an opponent, who has five Paralympics medals to her name including gold medals in singles at Beijing and London, she seemed to struggle as she couldn’t execute her strategy.
Patel has won a number of medals in national and international events. She reached the ranking of World Number 2, by winning SILVER MEDAL for India in The Individual Category at PTT Thailand Table Tennis Championship held in 2011. In October 2013, Patel won the silver medal in the women’s singles class 4 at the Asian Para table tennis championships in Beijing.
Bhavina won the Bronze Medal in international Table Tennis Federation Asian Para Table Tennis Championship that was organised from 23 to 31 August 2017 in Beijing, China. She played against Korean player Kang in the women’s Singles Class 4 Category and defeated her 3-0 to win bronze for India.
Bhavina Patel was born on 6 November 1986 in Sundhiya village, Vadnagar, Mehsana district, Gujarat, India. Earlier she was coached by Nikul Patel, then she is coached by Lalan Doshi and also guided by team official Tejalben Lakhia.
“I dedicate this medal to those who supported me, PCI, SAI, TOPS,Blind People Association and too all my friends and family,” Patel, who was diagnosed with Polio when she was 12 months old, said after winning the medal, reported PTI.
“This medal is also dedicated to my coach who always supported me and gave hard training for which I could reach this stage. Special thanks to my physio, dietician, sports psychologist. They are who always motivated me.”