Leani Ratri Makes History Qualifying Three Finals of Tokyo Paralympics

Leani RatriS has a chance to win three gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

Leani RatriS has a chance to win three gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

Netgenz - Regional Sport | Indonesian badminton athlete, Leani Ratri Oktila, made history at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. She has the opportunity to win three gold medals for Indonesia. Leani's first final number will be the women's doubles category SL3-SU5 at Yoyogi National Stadium, Saturday (4/9) afternoon. Together with Khalimatus Sadiyah, Leani will face the Chinese representative, Cheng Hefang/Ma Huihui. This will be a fierce meeting because these two couples have met four times. They met twice in the world championships and twice at the Asian Para Games. As a result, the Chinese pair dominates. Leani's second final number is the women's singles category SL4. For this top party, the 30-year-old athlete will face his mortal enemy, Hefang. This match will take place on Sunday (5/9) afternoon.

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Leani and Hefang have clashed at least three times. The first was in the 2017 world championship final when Leani lost. Then in the 2018 Asian Para games final which also ended in defeat. However, in the third meeting in the 2019 world championship, Leani took the lead again. In the top party, Leani won with a score of 21-16 and 21-16. The victory in this last meeting made Leani optimistic that she could win a gold medal. Leani's third final number is the mixed doubles category SL3-SU5. In the semifinals on Saturday (4/9), Leani, who was paired with Hary Susanto, defeated India's Bhagat Pramod/Kohli Palak with a score of 21-3, 21-15. In the final which will take place on Sunday (5/9), Leani or Hary will face French representatives, Lucas Mazur or Faustine Noel. This is the first meeting of the two in a prestigious event.

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For Leani, the Tokyo Paralympics gold medal will complete her career achievements. Leani has won six gold medals at the ASEAN Para Games, namely in 2015 and 2017, then collected three gold medals at the Asian Para Games in 2014 and 2018. Leani has also won three gold medals at the world championships, namely the 2017 mixed doubles gold, 2019 women's singles, and mixed doubles 2019.

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