Paddler Bhavina Patel wrapped up her sensational Tokyo 2020 campaign on Sunday with a historic silver medal, becoming only the second Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics.

This was India’s first medal at the ongoing Games in Tokyo.

She went down to world No 1 Ying Zhou of China in the women’s singles table tennis class 4 final but earned India’s first-medal in the sport at the Paralympics. The 34-year-old’s impressive run at the Games ended with a fighting 7-11, 5-11, 6-11 loss to Zhou, now a two-time singles gold medallist, in the women’s singles summit clash which lasted 19 minutes.

World No 12 Patel had also lost to Zhou, one of the most decorated para-paddlers of China, in her first group stage match earlier in the week in the group stage. Since then, she beat world No 9 Megan Shackleton in a must-win Group A match, downed the world No 8 Joyce de Oliveira in the round of 16, knocked world No 2 and Rio 2016 gold medallist Borislava Peric Rankovic in the quarter-finals and stunned world No 3 and Rio 2016 silver medallist Miao Zhang, who she had lost to 11 times before, to reach the final.

Talk about a stunning run.

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Up against an opponent Zhou, who had five previous Paralympic medals to her name including singles gold medals at Beijing and London, Patel’s run came to an end but not without a historic silver.

The medal, that came on India’s National Sports day, got social media talking: