Indian Paddlers shine at Commonwealth Championships

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Commonwealth table tennis 2019 – The 21st edition of Commonwealth Championship is being held in India. The tournament was held in Cuttack with final games being played last week. The tournament ran from 17th to 22nd July. It was the 50th anniversary of the tournament which was founded in 1969 with the first series taking place in Munich, Germany. India first hosted the tournament in 1982 in Bombay. Hyderabad, Jaipur, and New Delhi were next in line after Bombay. At the end of the tournament Indian players topped the medal tally with a total of 15 medals which included Seven Golds, Five Silvers, and Three Bronze. England won 2 Silver and 3 bronze, Singapore managed to get 3 bronze whereas Nigeria and Malaysia got one bronze each.

commonwealth table tennis 2019

Commonwealth table tennis 2019 

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In Table Tennis Women’s Single, Ayhika Mukherjee won her first gold in championships. She defeated the former national champion, Madurika Patkar with a scoreline 4-0. Women’s double was won by Pooja Sahasrabudhe and Krittwika Sinha Roy in the finals against Sreeja Akula and Mousumi Paul with the final score of 3-1. Men’s final included G Sathiyan and Harmeet Desai. Sathiyan was the favorite for going into the match against Harmeet. Harmeet put up an impressive comeback despite being the underdog in the game. Harmeet, however, won the game 4-3 (9-11 6-11 11-5 11-8 17-15 7-11 11-9) coming back after losing 3 consecutive sets. Earlier in the final day,  Anthony Amalraj and Manav Thakkar were crowned the Men’s Double Champion as they defeated  Sathiyan and Sharath Kamal 3-1.

Commonwealth table tennis 2019

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The Indian paddlers dominated the whole tournament so much so that at the final stages it didn’t seem like an International tournament. All the finalists were Indian’s which confirmed that all of the medals will be coming to India even before the final. 7 table tennis matches took place and in all the matches India won the Gold medal. These kind of tournaments are essential for India as they help develop confidence in the sportsperson and help them carry forward momentum in the upcoming games. Dejan Popic has been appointed as the new head coach for India’s Table Tennis Team and with the Olympics around the corner, the paddlers look in an excellent form.

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