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Manika Batra wins historic singles gold in Table Tennis; paddlers deliver 3 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze

India’s next superstar, Manika Batra, created history by becoming the first Indian woman Table Tennis player to win a singles gold at the Commonwealth Games. Manika defeated Yu Mengyu of Singapore 4-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7) in a one-sided final. On the way to the final, she won a hard-fought battle against multiple Olympic medallist, Feng Tianwei 4-3 (12-10, 5-11, 11-8, 5-11, 5-11, 11-9, 13-11). By defeating Feng in the semi-final, she proved that her win against the World No. 4 in the team event final was no fluke.

India had already won gold in the Men’s and Women’s team event by defeating Nigeria and Singapore respectively.

Besides guiding India to team gold, Batra had paired up with veteran Mouma Das to win the country’s maiden Women’s Doubles silver. They fought hard before going down against defending champions from Singapore Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu to settle for a silver medal. Prior to the final, India’s best showing in women’s doubles came back in 2010 when Das and Poloumi Ghatak had secured bronze.

Three-time CWG gold medallist Sharath Achanta played in the Men’s Doubles final alongside  Gnanasekhanran Sathyan but lost to the English pair of Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall. They settled for a silver. The bronze in men’s doubles also went to India as Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shetty sailed past Singapore’s Poh Shao Feng Ethan and Pang Yew En Koen 3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 12-10).

 

 

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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