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Tokyo Paralympics: Yathiraj, Nagar to fight for gold; Dhillon in bronze match

Krishna Nagar in action at the Tokyo Paralympics. Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images

Indian badminton players Suhas Yathiraj and Krishna Nagar entered the badminton men's singles finals in their respective classifications at the Tokyo Paralympics on Saturday.

Among other Indians in the fray, Tarun Dhillon lost his semifinal match. He will fight for bronze on Sunday. Later on Saturday, Pramod Bhagat and Palak Kohli lost their mixed doubles SL3-SU5 semifinal 21-3, 21-15 to Indonesia's Susanto Hary and Oktila Leani Ratri. The duo will contest the bronze medal match against Japan's Daisuke Fujihara and Akiko Sugino on Sunday.

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In the SL4 class, Yathiraj outwitted Indonesia's Fredy Setiawan 21-9, 21-15 in 31 minutes in the first semifinal. Yathiraj, who is the Noida District Magistrate, will face top seed Lucas Mazur of France in the final on Sunday.

In the other SL4 semifinal, Mazur managed to stave off a spirited effort from Dhillon, claiming a narrow 21-16, 16-21, 21-18 win over the second-seeded Indian in a gruelling semifinal that lasted an hour and three minutes at the Yoyogi National Stadium.

The 27-year-old from Hisar will face Setiawan in the bronze medal playoff on Sunday.

Krishna, seeded second, dished out a superlative performance, outplaying Great Britain's Krysten Coombs 21-10, 21-11 in the semifinals of the SH6 classification, which is for players of a short stature. The 22-year-old Indian will take on Hong Kong's Chu Man Kai in the final on Sunday.