Indian para-shuttler Manoj Sarkar jumps to the World No. 1 spot

By: Swetha
Date: 20 Jan, 2018
Image Courtesy: MANOJ SARKAR/Twitter

The emanation of winning stride of para-badminton from 2017 has been escorting well to the para-shuttlers, especially fo Manoj Sarkar, who climbed to the World No. 1 spot in the latest update of the BWF Para-Badminton rankings.

Besides, it is the first time in his career to bag the top most spot in the SL 3 category. He said, “It is an incredible feeling. I had been ranked World No. 2 for a long time and I'm delighted that I have finally managed to achieve the top rank,” as quoted by the Sportskeeda.

The achievement for him is more euphoric as he received this news on Friday, his birthday. “It is the best birthday gift one could get. I would like to thank my parents, my coach and GoSports Foundation for the role they have played in my success,” he contented.

All his winning glory has started in 2011, when he clinched gold and bronze medals in the singles and the doubles category at his maiden Nationals, followed by gold at the 2013 World Championships as well, where he won two medals which includes a gold in the doubles section.

In the previous year, he had successful runs in Uganda, Japan and Thailand before winning a silver medal at the World Championships in Korea in November.

“I’m hoping for a strong run in 2018 as well. My focus is on winning gold at the upcoming Asian Games and I will also look to participate in as many tournaments as possible in the coming year,” he concluded.

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