Manika, Sharath claim bronze

Manika, Sharath claim bronze

Manika Batra's sensational run at the Commonwealth Games fetched her another medal as she teamed up with G Sathiyan to collect the mixed doubles bronze, thereby claiming a medal in every event she competed in here.

Manika and Sathiyan defeated the compatriot senior duo of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das 11-6, 11-2, 11-4 to claim the honours in the bronze medal play-off.

This was Manika's fourth medal of the Games. She had earlier won a historic women's singles gold and was also a part of the top-finishing women's team. In women's doubles, she won a silver with Mouma Das.

Meanwhile, Achanta Sharath Kamal clinched his third medal of the Games by winning a bronze in men's singles after beating Samuel Walker of England 4-1 (11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10).

He was part of the gold-winning men's team event and also clinched a silver in men's doubles with Sathiyan.

A 10-member Indian table tennis team secured 8 (three gold, two silver and three bronze) medals in these Games, which turned out to be the best-ever medal haul in the history of the Games.

Manika said she hoped "to stay together as a mixed pair (with Sathiyan) and play together at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics".

"We've been playing our very best but there are not many tournaments for mixed pairs. We've been training in Portugal, trying out different pairs. This is our first medal as a mixed doubles combination," she said.

Sathiyan said a bronze medal each should be awarded to both semifinalists in table tennis, just like in some other sports.

"You start off with a round 64 and you end up here in the most terrible and impossible match. You've reached the semifinals and you can't do that without winning matches," he said.

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