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Team golds for Indian paddlers at World Championship in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur: Indian men's and women's team scripted history by clinching the gold medals at the second division of the World Table Tennis Team Championship with superb victories over Luxemburg and Brazil respectively on Saturday.

Indian eves beat Luxemburg 3-1 in the event final of the Second Division, while their male counterparts overcame a stiff Brazil 3-2. India had sealed their entry in the Champions Division last night after reaching the finals.

Incidentally, this was the first time ever that the women's team kept a clean slate — eight wins — in the first and the second stages. The men, on the other hand, bounced back after losing their only group match against Nigeria to achieve the exceptional honours.

In the women's team final, Mouma Das defeated Danielle Konsbruck 3-0. Manika Batra then beat Tessy Gonderinger 3-1 and provide India with a 2-0 lead. Despite the cushion, K Shamini was unable to take advantage and lost her singles to Sarah De Nutte in straight games but Manika beat Danielle 3-0 in the reverse singles to wrap a memorable win for India.

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