India men win table tennis gold at CWG 2022, beat Singapore 3-1 in final
(L-R) Silver medalists Singapore, Gold medalists India and Bronze medalists England pose for a photo during Men’s Team Event on day five of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at NEC Arena in Birmingham, England, on August 2, 2022. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Indian men’s table tennis team clinched the gold medal defeating Singapore 3-1 in the final at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, the UK, on Tuesday (2).
It was another dominant performance by the Indian paddlers. In the first match at the NEC Table Tennis Show Court 1, Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran defeated Yong Izaac Quek and Yew En Koen Pang 13-11, 11-7, 11-5 to give India an early lead.
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In the second match of the final, Sharath Kamal Achanta took on Zhe Yu Clarence Chew. The first game was tough for the Indian ace as he went down 7-11 against his Singapore rival. However, he made a strong comeback and won the second game 14-12.
Chew won the third game 11-3 and the fourth 11-9 to level the tie 1-1.
In the third encounter, Gnanasekaran beat Pang 12-10, 7-11, 11-7, 11-4 to take India ahead in the final again.
India, who are the defending champions, sealed the final when Desai beat Chew in straight sets 11-8, 11-5, 11-6.
India have so far won five golds, three silvers and as many bronze medals in the games and are placed sixth in the medals tally.