A 34-year-old para table tennis player, Bhavinaben Patel hails from Gujarat. Yesterday, she entered the final of the women’s singles at the Tokyo Paralympics. Her win yesterday assured India a medal today as she scripted history on becoming the first Indian table tennis player to secure a medal in the Paralympics.
— Doordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) August 28, 2021
Her match against Borislava Peric Rankovic of Serbia in the women’s singles Class 4 event was quite a nail-biter. Yet, Bhavina’s stunning performance saw her beat the Serbian opponent who happens to be world number five 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 in a quarterfinal match.
I am very happy today. Bhavina Patel is definitely going to win a gold medal. For the last 20 years, she is playing Table Tennis: Hasmukhbhai Patel, Bhavina's father pic.twitter.com/mSDDtO3K3E
— ANI (@ANI) August 28, 2021
Bhavina’s father Hasmukhbhai Patel revealed that she has been playing table tennis for the last two decades. Completely supportive of his daughter, he said, “Bhavina is definitely going to win a gold medal.”
Bhavina herself stated that her performance at the Tokyo paralympics proves that nothing is impossible. She urged Indians to bless her for the final.
It's a big achievement. Everyone says defeating China is tough. Today, I've proved nothing is impossible. I urge all Indians to give their blessings to me for final match tomorrow, so I'll be able to perform better: Paddler Bhavina Patel on her semi-final win in Tokyo Paralympics pic.twitter.com/WM503ogNV1
— ANI (@ANI) August 28, 2021
Well, desis took to Twitter to shower love and congratulate Bhavina. Take a look at some of their tweets-
Congratulations Bhavina Patel! You played excellently.
The entire nation is praying for your success and will be cheering for you tomorrow. Give your best and play without any pressure. Your accomplishments inspire the entire nation. #Paralympics
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 28, 2021
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) August 28, 2021
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Congratulations, Bhavina Patel, on becoming the first-ever Indian to win a table-tennis medal at the Tokyo Paralympics! pic.twitter.com/UVQHAHSnZK
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) August 28, 2021
See Live #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics
A historic moment as our Table Tennis star Bhavina Patel takes on China's Zhang Miao shortly for a place in the women's singles Class 4 final. A medal is assured #Cheer4India#BhavinaPatel https://t.co/MRV6iCEqA1 pic.twitter.com/X5NKaNrWUT
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 28, 2021
Our prayers🙏 are with you, you have tremendous Strengh & u will definitely bring Gold medal.
— Er R K DAHARWAL आर के डहरवालرکدہاروال (@DaharwalK) August 28, 2021
— Subham 🏑 (@subhsays) August 27, 2021
Yesss!! Bhavina Patel first beat the Serbian Rio 2016 gold medallist in QF and now beats the beats Rio 2016 silver medallist Zhang in SF of China in 5 tough games to enter the gold medal match in the women's singles class 4 category. #ParaTableTennis #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics pic.twitter.com/ihKhw3qWmQ
— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) August 28, 2021
The entire country is avidly supporting Bhavina and cheering her on her quest for her first gold medal at the Tokyo paralympics.