Game Of Thrones Actor Wins Medal at Tokyo Paralympics 2020

Published 09/06/2021, 2:12 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games – Badminton – Men’s Singles SH6 Medal Ceremony – Yoyogi National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – September 5, 2021. Bronze medallist Krysten Coombs of Britain poses on the podium REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha


Game of Thrones actor Krysten Coombs clinched his dream at Tokyo Paralympics 2020 by winning the bronze medal. Great Britain’s para-athlete Coombs competes in the badminton event. Coombs made a cameo appearance in the famous TV series ‘Game of Thrones’.

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Notably, Krysten is ranked fifth in the para-badminton rankings.

Krysten’s journey from GOT to Tokyo Paralympics 2020

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Krysten Coombs has been competing in SH6 badminton championships for quite a while now. The para-athlete from Great Britain clinched the European Championship gold medal back in 2008. In 2015 too, Coombs bagged the gold medal at the world championships.

Coombs’s CV looks mighty impressive as he is also a part-time actor. Seven years ago, he was featured in the famous ‘Game of Throne’ series. In the season four episode two, he appeared in a reenactment of the War of the Kings. Coombs was part of King Joffery’s wedding scene. The para-athlete had dressed up as Balon Greyjoy and rode a Kraken.

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games – Badminton – Men’s Singles SH6 Bronze Medal Match – Yoyogi National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – September 5, 2021. Krysten Coombs of Britain celebrates winning the match against Vitor Goncalves Tavares of Brazil REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Coombs again felt like a king at the mega-quadrennial game as he reached the podium. He defeated Brazilian para-athlete Vitor Goncalves Tavares 2-1 in Tokyo to win the bronze medal in the badminton singles SH6 event. Indian para-athlete Krishna Nagar clinched the gold medal. Nagar outperformed Hong Kong’s Chu Man Kai in a 43 minute encounter.

Coombs takes inspiration from GOT’s Peter Dinklage

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Krysten has embraced his disability and is now an Paralympic champion. He takes inspiration from Peter Dinklage, who played the role of Tyrion Lannister. Peter himself is also a person of short stature, albeit he is one of the most appreciated actors in the world.

Notably, Peter has inspired many people around the world with his achievements. Coombs aims to do the same, as he wants to inspire kids with achondroplasia to dream of success over their disability.

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games – Badminton – Men’s Singles SH6 Bronze Medal Match – Yoyogi National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – September 5, 2021. Krysten Coombs of Britain in action against Vitor Goncalves Tavares of Brazil REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

With his determination and fighter spirit, Coombs has already inspired many people around the world. After his bronze medal, other British athletes’ accomplishments in Tokyo, the nation finished second in the medal tally. While team China won the overall medal tally.

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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