Rising shuttler Lakshya Sen stunned reigning world junior champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand in straight games to become only the third Indian to clinch a gold medal at the Asia Junior Championships in Jakarta on Sunday.
The sixth seed Indian from Uttarakhand, who had clinched a bronze medal in the last edition, posted a 21-19, 21-18 win over Vitidsarn in the summit clash that clocked 46 minutes.
“I am really happy with my performance. I got good support form my team members as well. This Asian Junior gold is precious. The focus was on recovering well after each match and I am happy I could play well after each match and I am happy I an ecstatic Lakshya said after the win.
Late Gautam Thakkar (1965) and Olympic silver medallist P.V Sindhu (2012) are the only two Indians to have won the title earlier. Sindhu also had a bronze in 2011, while Sameer Verma took a silver and a bronze in 2011 and 2012 respectively and the pair Prsnsv Chopra /Prajkta Sawant bagged a bronze Sawant bagged a bronze in 2009.
Lakshya has been in the tournament as he stunned second seed Chinese LiShifeng, fourth seed Indonesian Ikhsan Leonardo Immanuel Rumbay in his approach and trailed by a few points in the first game before he caught up at 9-9 and then used his customary drop shots and half-court smashes to go ahead 13-11.
Laskhaya sen beat reigning world junior champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand to become only the third Indian to Clinch a gold medal at Asia Junior Championships
Lat Gautam Thakkar (1965) and Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu (2012) are the only two Indians to have won the title earlier
It is after 53 years that India won a junior gold in men’s singles. The last Indian to do so was Thakkar in 1965.
From online sources