Youth Olympic Games | Lakshya Sen makes the final in men’s singles category

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Youth Olympic Games | Lakshya Sen makes the final in men’s singles category

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SportsCafe Desk

10/12/2018

Indian Badminton prodigy, Lakshya Sen, beat Kodai Naraoka of Japan in the semi-finals of the men’s singles category at the ongoing Youth Olympic Games to secure a spot in the final of the competition. Sen, the reigning Asian junior champion, will face-off against Li Shifeng of China in the final.

Lakshya Sen, who is the current reigning Asian Champion, was always the favorite to make the final in the men’s singles category at the ongoing Youth Olympic Games ahead of his semi-final clash against Japan’s Kodai Naraoka. But he was made to work for his win after his Japanese counterpart ran off with a 14-21 win in the first set of the match.

However, Sen fought back and levelled the match as he won the second game of the semi-final with a score of  21-15. The ultimate decider went down to the very wire and showed that either of the players were hungry to go all the way in Argentina. 

But at the end of the night, Sen emerged victorious by a narrow scoreline of 24-22 to secure a spot in the finals of the men’s singles competition. The Indian will now meet Li Shifeng of China in the final. If Sen can with the final, then he will become the first Indian gold medallist shuttler in the Youth Olympics history. Previously, Prannoy Kumar had won a silver in the inaugural Youth Olympics, in Singapore back in 2010.

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