Lakshya Sen wins gold in Badminton Asia Junior Championships

first_imgLakshya Sen stunned the top seed to bag a gold medal at the Badminton Asia Junior Championships in Jakarta on Sunday.Lakshya became the third Indian after Late Gautam Thakkar (1965) and PV Sindhu (2012) to win a gold medal at the Asia Junior Championships.The Indian sixth seed registered an easy 21-19, 21-18 victory in 46 minutes over Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand in the Under-19 final.Lakshya, who had won a bronze in 2016 Championships, was in sensational form in the tournament.A proud moment for India and @lakshya_sen as the tricolorsoars high in Jakarta after the World No 9 secured a top of the podium finish, winning the first gold in 6 years at the Asian Junior Championship. #NationalAnthem #IndiaontheRise pic.twitter.com/ak7TWnlxdzBAI Media (@BAI_Media) July 22, 2018What a marvelous game by young #badminton champion @lakshya_sen who wrested a Gold in Mens Singles at Asian Junior Championship defeating Junior World no1 K Vitidsarn. Congratulations Lakshya on a very big win. India is proud of you. @BAI_Media pic.twitter.com/ht7Ml6IwBEHimanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) July 22, 2018He earlier dispatched second seed Li Shifeng in quarter-finals before brushing aside fourth-seeded Indonesian Ikhsan Leonardo Imanuel Rumbay 21-7, 21-14 in men’s singles semi-finals.What a brilliant performance by @lakshya_sen to win the of boys singles in #Badminton Asia Jr. Championship final over top seeded #KunlavutVitidsarn.Well done champion! The nation is immensely proud of you! @BAI_Media @Ra_THORe @PIB_India @cmouttarakhand @MIB_India pic.twitter.com/3HTbXeqKgIDept of Sports MYAS (@IndiaSports) July 22, 2018India’s new Golden [email protected]_sen enter record books,ending a wait of 53 years to win a gold in the mens singles event at the Asian Junior Championship with a flawless performance; beats World No1 K.Vitidsarn 21-19,21-18 to secure his biggest ever career medal #IndiaontheRise pic.twitter.com/xwRxMT6wP1advertisementBAI Media (@BAI_Media) July 22, 2018It was the first meeting between Lakshya and Vitidsarn but the Indian proved himself to be too strong for his opponent. Interestingly, all his last three victories came in straight games.”I am happy to win the tournament. It will boost my confidence. I played in the team event and then in the individual event, so it was a long tournament. The focus was on recovering well after each match and I am happy I could play well and win,” Lakshya told PTI.”It was very hectic. In fact, ahead of the tournament I had to tweak my training a bit as I had suffered a shin split. During the tournament also I had to take pills sometimes to curb the pain,” he said.”Overall, it was a good tournament. I have played all these top players before, so I knew their game.”India’s junior national coach Sanjay Mishra also showered praise on Lakshya.”Winning any tournament is a big thing and he has clinched the gold in a tournament where the best of world compete. We know Asia is the hub of badminton and winning the Asia title will give him a big boost,” he said.”The Thai player was playing more of a rally game and he was getting points, so we decided to change the strategy and finish it quick. It helped as Lakshya started dominating the proceedings.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more