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CWG: Indian men's table tennis team defeats Nigeria to claim gold

CWG: Indian men's table tennis team defeats Nigeria to claim gold

Philip's semi-final time of 11.21 would have won her the silver medal on the Gold Coast and while the relay is still to come for Philip, for now there is plenty to ponder.

In the men's 400m qualifying, Rabah Yousif and Dwayne Cowan progressed through to the semi-finals but Matthew Hudson-Smith, a bronze medallist at the worlds a year ago in the relay, was disqualified despite winning his heat easily after running out of his lane.

However, Singapore equalised the score after Mengyu Yu defeated Madhurika Patkar 13-11, 11-2, 11-6 in straight games.

And, within a short time, the country India got to a 2-1 lead with the doubles duo of Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Harmeet registering a brilliant come-from-behind win against Xue Jie Pang and Shao Feng Ethan Poh 8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8. "In the time that is left, (between now and CWG) if I work hard, it can happen. Koi badi gal nahin (It's not a big deal)", he had said. Easily the best table tennis I have played in my life. But honestly, I don't mind missing out on these things, because I was representing India internationally, instead.

England's Parag Patel and David Luckman won the Queen's Prize Pairs gold, ahead of pairs from Scotland and South Africa. All five of us were backing each other, not just over the last week but for the last 18 months or so that we have been training together.

But Batra has also been forcing people to take notice of her table tennis and is already the top-ranked Indian female player with a potential of becoming an icon of the sport that's still growing in India. Beating Singapore is a huge achievement. "It's the best moment for me and I hope to continue this form in the singles too", Sathiyan said after team's win. They were so determined, so fearless.

They will face a tough ask in the final on Monday‚ when they meet Australia's reigning world champions of Natasha Scott‚ Kelsey Cottrell‚ Carla Krizanic and Rebecca van Asch. There was never a stage where there was a doubt over the final result as Bhaker shot 14 scores above 10 from the 24 shots she took in the final, eventually finishing almost seven points ahead of the pack. He just wanted his girls to do well.

India then won the next two matches. "We are seeded second, so we have only achieved the bare-minimum target. This is a result of team effort", said Madhurika to The Hindu, as well.


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