CWG 2018: Manika clinches gold in women's singles TT

Lynette Rowe
April 16, 2018

Gold Coast: A marauding Manika Batra created history by becoming the first Indian woman table tennis player to win a singles gold at the Commonwealth Games while Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan went down fighting in the men's doubles to settle for silver.

The silver medal they won was India's first from women's doubles table tennis at the Commonwealth Games. The Indian paddlers have the chance to increase the country's tally if they win the mixed doubles bronze medal match tomorrow.

Three-time CWG gold medallist Kamal tried his best against Nigeria's 26th-ranked Aruna Quadri in men's singles semifinals before going down 0-4 (10-12, 9-11, 9-11, 7-11).

Gold Coast: Manika Batra's sensational run at the Common-wealth Games culminated with a fourth medal in as many events while India emerged as the best table tennis nation with a record eight medals including three gold. "This is our first medal as a mixed doubles combination", she said. The World No. 48 takes on England's Samuel Walker in the bronze play-off. He had missed out on a medal in Glasgow.

Indian shooter Anish Bhanwala, aged 15, created history by becoming the country's youngest ever Gold medal victor in the Commonwealth Games, in the men's 25m rapid fire pistol.

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Earlier, Amit Panghal won silver medal after losing to England's Galal Yafai in men's 46-49kg final.

Saina Nehwal also reached gold medal match with a gutsy performance against Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland. Today's victory was the third in the series of historic wins for India in women's table tennis.

She achieved this feat on Saturday at the Gold Coast 2018 Games, beating Singapore's Mengyu Yu in straight games. The English pairing prevailed 11-5, 10-12, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9.

After beating top-seed Tianwei Feng in the semi-final, Batra entered the final confidently and started well.

India ended their campaign in squash with two silver medals after Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa went down fighting in the women's doubles final.

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