India men Table Tennis Team Wins Gold at the Commonwealth Games 2018
India men Table Tennis Team Wins Gold...Yes its true..After the women’s table tennis team historic gold medal on Sunday, the men followed suit and clinched the top spot by defeating Nigeria in an one-sided table tennis final at the Commonwealth Games 2018 (CWG) in Gold Coast on Monday.
India men Table Tennis Team Wins Gold second time in the Men’s Team event — they had previously claimed the yellow metal beating Singapore 3-2 in the 2006 CWG.
Achanta Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran won both their singles to give India a perfect start and Sathiyan then came back to team up with Harmeet Desai and won the men’s doubles of the tie to seal the Gold.
Yesterday, India’s women’s table tennis team had defeated Singapore against all odds to pick their first ever CWG Gold 2018.
After Manika Batra fired India to a historic triumph over Singapore on Sunday, it was Sharath Kamal’s turn to star on Monday.
India edged out defending champions Singapore 3-2 earlier in the day with Sharath Kamal playing a starring role as he won both his singles matches.
Against Nigeria in the final, India did not have a very ideal beginning as Sharath Kamal lost the first set 4-11 of the first singles against Bode Abiodun.
The Indian veteran then bounced back remarkably well from the setback to trounce Abiodun 11-5, 11-5 in the next two sets and then edged him out in the final set 11-9 to win the match 3-1 and give India a 1-0 lead in the tie.
Sathiyan, who is India’s top player at the moment ranked 46th in the world, led the way with another victory in the singles against Segun Toriola.
Like Sharath Kamal, he also began slow losing the first set by a slender margin of 10-12. However, he roared back in some style and troubled Toriola immensely with constant change of pace.
Sathiyan completely outclassed the Nigerian 11-3, 11-3, 11-4 in the next three sets to win the match 3-1 and give India a strong 2-0 lead in the tie.
The world No.46 then came back and teamed up with Harmeet Desai for the men’s doubles and produced another scintillating performance.
Both Sathiyan and Harmeet, with their constant attacks, did not let the Nigerians Olajide Omotayo and Abiodun settle and took the game away.
Sathiyan and Harmeet won India the gold medal with an 11-8, 11-5, 11-3 win in the men’s doubles.
This is India’s second gold in the men’s team event at the Games, emulating their previous best performance in 2006 in Melbourne, another campaign that Sharath was a part of. And it is also the first time since the racket sport’s induction into the Commonwealth Games program that India has topped both categories.
The Indian side also benefited from the absence of world no. 26 Aruna Quadri, Nigeria’s highest-ranked player. Toriola is ranked second highest at 166.
India’s unprecedented effort at the Gold Coast Games is also a fair reflection of the sport’s fast improving standard in the country. As many as six players are in the top-100 of the men’s world rankings and two in the women’s standings.