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24th Deaflympics- Jerlin Jayaratchagan wins gold in Badminton Singles and Mixed Doubles

Tamil Nadu’s Jerlin Jayaratchagan won two more gold for India at the ongoing 24th Deaflympics in Brazil.

Jerlin Jayaratchagan was diagnosed with hearing disability at the age of two.While studying in school, she pursued her interest in Badminton. At the age of 13, she became a national champion at the 2017 Badminton Championship in Hyderabad. In the same year, she participated in Summer Deaflympics at Turkey as the youngest participant at that edition of the Games.
 
In this year’s edition of Deaflympics in Brazil, Jerlin Jayaratchagan won a total of three gold in Badminton. She was a member of the gold-medal winning team for India. In the team event, Anika registered the first victory for India in the single’s event in the gold medal match against Japan. She also won the doubles match.
 
In Women’s Singles, Jayaratchagan won against Austria’s K Neudolt 21-17, 21-18 to win her second gold in the Games. Later Jerlin Jayaratchagan paired up with Abhinav Sharma to beat Malaysia’s Edmund Seng Keong Teo and Wei Ying Boon 21-14, 21-7 in the Mixed Double final. 
 
Abhinav Sharma also won the bronze medal in the Men’s Singles Badminton event after earning a 21-16, 21-6 win over Lithuania’s I Reznikas.

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