CWG: Manika Batra - Mouma Das clinch silver in women's doubles table tennis


Manika Batra won her fourth medal at the Commonwealth Games after winning the bronze in the mixed doubles table tennis, teaming up with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran.

Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast: Manika Batra-Mouma Das reach TT women's doubles final
'I kept telling myself that I could win'

Sharath Kamal was at his aggressive best to win his third medal at the games after beating Samuel Walker of England 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9 in the bronze medal match. They beat the pair of Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das 11-6, 11-2, 11-4. Going into the CWG, Batra was the first ranked Indian table tennis player and the 58th in the world.

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On Thursday, the women's doubles pair of Manika Batra and Mouma Das went down to defending champions Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu 5-11, 4-11, 5-11 in the gold medal round. Already 2-0 up, the story was similar in the third game, which saw Manika and Sathiyan dominating their compatriots throughout to complete the rout. Manika spearheaded the Indian challenge as they won the women's team competition for the first time, beating Singapore's World No 4 Tanwei Feng in the first singles.

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I have to congratulate the players for doing so, it wasn't easy. "Today we played against the third-placed team, and we won". Villarreal are sixth on 48 points, Sevilla are seventh on 47, with Betis fifth on 52 after winning 1-0 at Girona on Friday.

"The experience was unbelievable - I defeated the world number four earlier today and now YU to win gold", said Batra. He had missed out on a medal in Glasgow. Dipika had to endure the disappointment of not winning the mixed doubles gold in partnership but in joining Saurav Ghoshal on the podium, she helped him overcome the pain of an early exit in singles.

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Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, who claimed India's first Gold, in the Women's 48 kg, broke three Games records in the "snatch" section, the "clean and jerk" and the overall Games record. Sharath, gold medallist in 2006 in Melbourne, guided India to the men's team title, winning crucial matches in semis against Singapore, and Nigeria in the final. "We would have been happier if we had been playing in a gold medal match because at least you both get a medal". India's medal tally now moves to 54 including 24 gold, 13 silver and 17 bronze as they maintain their third position in the CWG 2018 medal table and team standings behind Australia and England.