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Manika Batra/Sharath Kamal clinch the first-ever Mixed Doubles medal in Table Tennis

After the Men’s Table Tennis Team bagged the first-ever medal in Asian Games in the form of a bronze, the Mixed Doubles pair of Manika Batra and Sharath Kamala also grabbed the bronze in their event. The Indian duo lost in the mixed doubles semi-finals 9-11, 5-11, 13-11, 4-11, 8-11 against the Chinese pair of Yingsha Sun and Chuqin Wangin.

Kamal and Batra played four matches in a da. In their pre-quarterfinal, they were up against the strong South Korean pairing of Lee Sangsu and Jeon Jihee. But the Indians fought their hearts out to beat them by 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-4.

In the quarterfinals, Kamal and Batra played against the North Korean pair of Cha Hyo Sim and An Ji Song. It was also a tough match but the Indian pair survived with a win over the Koreans defeating them by 11-4, 10-12, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8.

Sharath Kamal was ecstatic after winning the bronze medal. “It has been an unbelievable campaign so far. Not even in my wildest dreams I thought of winning a medal at the Asian Games. Now I have got too. I am still pinching myself,” said Kamal.

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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