Sharath Kamal Achanta plays against Liam Pitchford in the men`s singles gold medal table tennis match on day eleven of the Commonwealth Games. Pic/ AFP
Sharath defeated England*s Liam Pitchford 11-13, 11-7, 11-2, 11-6, 11-8 to win his second men*s singles gold medal in the Commonwealth Games, 16 years after he won in the event in Melbourne 2006 edition.
Earlier in the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Sharath won a gold medal in the men*s team event, and followed it up with a silver in men*s doubles and another gold in mixed doubles.
He will also be India*s flag-bearer in the closing ceremony of the multi-nation event.
In the first set, Sharath had a game point but Pitchford, ranked 20 in the world, kept his cool to make a comeback and took the first game 12-10. Sharath got back to winning ways by taking the second set 11-7. His experience of playing in high-pressure matches came to the fore as he took third game 11-2.
After taking the fourth game 11-6, Pitchford tried to pull back desperately with successive points. But Sharath eventually won the gold medal with a solid forehand to give India its 21st gold in the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
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