Asian Table Tennis Championships: India win two bronze medals in doubles, end campaign with three

Sharath Kamal-G Sathiyan and Harmeet Desai-Manav Thakkar lost in the men’s doubles semi-finals but won a bronze each. The men’s team had earlier won another bronze.

By Aarish Ansari
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India wrapped up their Asian Table Tennis Championships 2021 campaign in Doha, Qatar with a total of three bronze medals - two of them coming on Monday.

Sharath Kamal Achanta-Satihyan Gnanasekaran and Manav Thakkar-Harmeet Desai, the two Indian men’s doubles teams in action on the day, lost their respective semi-final clashes and had to settle for bronze medals.

Both losing semi-finalists get bronze in the competition.

The two men’s doubles medals, along with the men’ team bronze won on Friday, made this edition India’s best outing at the continental championship

Olympians Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan were beaten 3-0 (11-5, 11-9, 13-11) by Japan’s Yukiya Uda, a former continental bronze medallist, and Shunsuke Togami.

On the other hand, Manav Thakkar and Harmeet Desai lost a thrilling contest to South Korea’s Woojin Jang and Jonghoon Lim.

After going 2-0 down, the Indian duo staged a fine comeback to force a fifth game.

The South Korean TT players, however, prevailed in the decider and won the match 3-2 (11-4, 11-6, 10-12, 9-11, 11-8).

Manav Thakkar-Harmeet Desai had earlier knocked out Noshad Alamiyan and Nima Alamian, the top seeds from Iran, in the quarter-finals.

The two doubles pairs were India’s last remaining representation in the competition.