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Commonwealth Games 2018: Manika storms into table tennis women's singles final

Commonwealth Games 2018: Manika storms into table tennis women's singles final

Yet, it was table tennis player Manika Batra, 22, throwing her arms up in the air and jumping with joy at having won the women's singles gold that gave India the strongest memory on Saturday.

India has 24 Gold Medals at CWG 2018 and 55 in total reaffirming its status as the third-ranked team in the Games. Unforced errors and some aggressive game from Singapore kept India on the back foot throughout the match.

A walk-over in his final 125 kg wrestling bout denied Sumit Malik the chance to experience the gold medal winning moment but boxer Gaurav Solanki's delight when he won a split verdict was worthy of being framed. Two more bronze will be added if Batra -Sathiyan combine and Kamal in singles can win their respective play-offs.

Sharath was a part of the gold medal-winning men's team and also won silver in the men's doubles event at the games.

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Bronze was claimed by Tapper's compatriot Andrea McDonnell, who ousted England's Felicity Pickard 11-2, 11-6, 11-3.

Indian shooter Anish Bhanwala, aged 15, created history by becoming the country's youngest ever Gold medal victor in the Commonwealth Games, in the men's 25m rapid fire pistol. Pallikal had earlier won silver in the mixed doubles with Saurav Ghoshal. That surely did sound pretty confident from a team that had bagged five medals in New Delhi in 2010 CWG, but fell down to just one in Glasgow in 2014. "We would have been happier if we had been playing in a gold medal match because at least you both get a medal". Today's victory was the third in the series of historic wins for India in women's table tennis. The English pair outclassed the Indians 3-0 (11-7, 13-11, 13-11). She defeated Singapore's Mengyu Yu 11-7, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7 in the finals.

The heart-break in the later stages of the day notwithstanding, India had an otherwise fruitful outing with the men's doubles combination of Achanta Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan booking their place in the summit clash with a 7-11, 11-5, 11-1, 11-3 win over Singapore's Pang Yew En Koen and Poh Shao Feng Ethan.

In the second semi-final, Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran lost to England's Liam Pitchford and Yo Tin Tim by a similar margin 8-11, 10-12, 11-5, 11-8, 13-15.


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