Who is Krishna Nagar: Five things to know about the Tokyo Paralympics gold medallist
Ace Indian para-badminton player Krishna Nagar clinched a gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics on Sunday after overcoming Chu Man Kai of Hong Kong 21-17, 16-21, 21-17 in the men’s singles SH6 class final.
The World No.2, thus, became the only second Indian para-badminton player, after Pramod Bhagat, to win a gold medal in Tokyo.
It was a well-fought win for Nagar after he dropped the second game. The Indian, however, held his nerve in the decider to seal victory by a narrow margin.
Let us know more about Nagar and his journey:
Nagar was diagnosed with dwarfism at the age of two. He was not accepted easily in the society and people would make fun of his short-stature impairment.
"There were people who said I would not be able to do anything in life," Nagar told The Bridge.
Taking up badminton
The taunts from outsiders forced him to try various exercises and try his hand at different sports as he thought that it would help him become taller.
Nagar, however, started to play badminton as a hobby at the age of 14 but his life changed when he was introduced to para-badminton in 2017.
"After I reached college, I joined a stadium in Jaipur to play badminton for fun somewhere in 2017, and that is when I was introduced to para-badminton. The coach there explained to me how it works and how there is a category in para-badminton for people like me. There has been no looking back since," Nagar told The Bridge.
Training under chief coach Gaurav Khanna
Nagar switched his training base to Lucknow to work with the head coach of the Indian para-badminton team and Dronacharya awardee Gaurav Khanna.
It helped him find a new gear and he went on to clinch a bronze medal in the 2018 Asian Para Games. His fine run also continued in 2019 as he clinched a bronze in the singles event and silver in the doubles category of World Para Badminton Championships.
Tokyo Paralympics dominance
Nagar also stamped his authority in the men's singles SH6 class at the Tokyo Paralympics as he dropped only a single game in the entire showpiece event.
Incidentally, it came in the gold medal match against Chu Man Kai of Hong Kong as he lost the second game 16-21.