India’s Bhavinaben Patel scripted history on 29 August, 2021 becoming only the 2nd Indian woman to win a Paralympic medal. The 34-year-old bagged the silver medal in women’s table tennis C4 category after losing to World No. 1 Zhou Ying of China in the gold medal match at the Tokyo Paralympics. She became the first Indian to win a medal in table tennis at the Paralympic Games and also only 2nd Indian woman to win a Paralympic medal
Bhavinaben Patel, featuring in her first-ever Paralympic Games, was played exceptionally well. However, Zhou Ying rallied to her 6th Gold medal in Paralympics with a dominant win over the Indian in the final.
Bhavina lost 0-3 (7-11, 5-11, 6-11) in 19 minutes to the Chinese great. It was the 6th gold medal for Zhou Ying who had finished on the top step of the podium in the same category in the 2008 and 2012 Paralympics as well.
34-year-old Bhavina Patel, who was diagnosed with polio when she was 12 months old, showcased remarkable fighting spirit in her maiden Paralympics appearance in the women’s singles table tennis class 4.