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Tweeps Rejoice as India’s Bhavina Patel Wins Historic Silver Medal at Tokyo Paralympics

Table tennis player Bhavina Patel was diagnosed with polio when she was one year old.

Indians erupted in joy on Twitter after Bhavina Patel won the silver medal in table tennis at the Tokyo Paralympics on Sunday. Patel won the medal after losing to China’s Zhou Ying in the final of the women’s singles Class 4 event.

She had earlier reached the final by defeating world No. 3, China’s Miao Zhang on Saturday.

“I was slightly nervous during the match today. I couldn’t implement my game strategy well. Next time, I will surely give my best. I’m happy that India has created history by winning a silver medal in table tennis at Paralympics. I dedicate this silver medal to my country. I want to thank my coach, family members and friends for their constant support”, Patel said.

Immediately after her win, congratulatory messages poured in from politicians, athletes, and many others.

India’s President Ram Nath Kovind took to Twitter to congratulate Patel on her historic achievement.

​Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Patel and addressed her, wishing her the very best for her future endeavours. PM Modi also told her that she has made history.

The Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) chief and first Indian woman to win a medal in the Paralympic Games, Deepa Malik, also congratulated Patel.​

​Congress Party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted in Hindi: “Bhavina Patel ji, the whole country is proud of you. Heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for winning the silver medal in table tennis at the Tokyo Paralympics with your splendid and historic performance”.

​Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia, who won a bronze medal in the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics, also hailed Patel, tweeting in Hindi: “Is there a better way to celebrate National Sports Day? Congratulations #BhavinaPatel. The whole country is proud of you”.

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