Bhavina Patel wins a silver medal at the Paralympics in Tokyo, making India the first country to win a medal in table tennis.
Bhavina Patel of India was born on November 6, 1986, in Sundhiya village, Vadnagar, Gujarat’s Mehsana district. She made her international debut in Jordan in 2009 and earned her first medal in 2011, a silver, at the Para Table Tennis Thailand Open, after defeating a Chinese opponent.
Bhavina earned a historic silver medal in the Asian Regional Championships in 2013 and became the first Indian woman to do so. She continued to compete in international competitions in Jordan, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Germany, Indonesia, Slovenia, Thailand, Spain, the Netherlands, and Egypt, but she never won a gold medal.
India’s Bhavina Patel opened the account for India at the Tokyo Paralympic Games on Sunday, claiming a historic silver medal in women’s individual Class 4 Table Tennis. Patel, rated No. 12 in the world, lost in straight games to World No. 1 and London Games Gold Medalist Zhou Ying, 7-11, 7-11, 6-11 in 19 minutes.
Bhavina made a remarkable run to the final, defeating higher-ranked opponents along the way. This is India’s fifth silver medal in the Paralympic Games in Table Tennis. After Deepa Malik’s silver in the Women’s Shot Put F53 event in Rio 2016, she is now the second female para-athlete to reach the podium.
Patel had defeated Serbia’s Borislava Peric Rankovic, the 2016 Rio Paralympics gold medallist and world number two, in the quarterfinals on Friday to win a medal and make history.