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Indian Table Tennis girls create history by winning the first-ever Commonwealth gold

Indian Table Tennis team scripted history after the Women’s team won the first ever gold medal at the Commonwealth Games with a 3-1 victory over Singapore in the final. The team of Manika Batra, Mouma Das, Madhurika Patkar, Pooja Sahashrabudhe and Sutirtha Mukherjee gave India much joy to celebrate.

India’s star player, Manika Batra, recorded a four-game 11-8, 8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7 victory over World No. 4 Tianwei Feng to hand India 1-0 lead. But Madhurika Patkar lost to Mengyu Yu 11-13, 2-11, 6-11. The scores were level at 2-2.

The doubles pair of Mouma Das and Madhurika Patkar brought back India to lead defeating Yihan Zhou and Mengyu Yu 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7. Manika came out all guns blazingrocking in her second match to defeat Yihan Zhou in straight games 11-7, 11-4,11-7 to clinch the seventh gold for India and that took the country’s total tally to 12 in the Commonwealth Games 2018.

This is a special medal for India as they came underdogs and no one expected them to win a gold. But they took everyone by surprise by winning against Singapore who remained champion since the year of its introduction in Delhi 010.


About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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