Bhavina Hasmukhbhai Patel is an Indian parathlete and table tennis player from Mehsana, Gujarat. She won a silver medal in Class 4 Table tennis at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo.
Patel, who plays table tennis in her wheelchair, has won a number of gold and silver medals in national and international competitions. She reached the ranking of World Number 2, by winning Silver Medal for India in The Individual Category at the PTT Thailand Table Tennis Championship held in 2011. In October 2013, Patel won the silver medal in the women’s singles Class 4 at the Asian Para table tennis championships in Beijing.
Bhavina won the bronze medal in International Table Tennis Federation Asian Para Table Tennis Championship that was organised from 23 to 31 August 2017 in Beijing, China. She played against Korean player Kang in the Women’s Singles Class 4 Category, and defeated her 3-0 to win the Bronze for India.
She is coached by Lalan Doshi and is also guided by team official Tejalben Lakhia.
In the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics she knocked out world number 2 and Rio Paralympic Gold medalist Borislava Rankovic to reach the Semi Finals in the Women’s Singles Class 4 Category. She also beat China’s Zhang Miao to reach the finals, and was up against the current world number 2, China’s Zhou Ying in the gold medal match which she lost and had to settle for a silver at the Tokyo Paralympics.
- She was affected by Polio when she was around one year old which had sererve effect on her lower body.
- During her college time, she began playing table tennis.
- Primarily, she wanted to become a school teacher.
- She is the first Indian to reach Table Tennis final at Paralympics.
- Joined in June 2017, she has over 1,000 followers with around 50 tweets on Twitter.
- After her news of her entering the finals broke out, she has been congratulated by many popular celebrities including Sachin Tendulkar.
- Before Tokyo 2020, her world ranking is 12.