Nine medals but no gold for Indian paddlers
Top-rated paddler Sharath Kamal yesterday had to be content with a bronze medal in the men's singles event as India finished the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships with a record nine medals � but no gold.
Besides losing the singles semi-final to Li Hu, Sharath alongside Subhajit Saha let the doubles title slip away after their defeat to Christopher Doran and Samuel Walker.
As the day started, India were assured of two medals each in women’s singles and doubles. However, Indian players could not progress beyond the semi-finals and settled for bronze medals.
The host nation ended the Championships with two silver medals and seven bronze, a couple more than what it got at Glasgow in 2009. In the women’s category, veteran Mouma Das went down against Yu Mengyu of Singapore in the last four. She did well to pull off two games against the top seed before losing 8-11, 17-15, 11-7, 8-11, 5-11, 4-11.
In the doubles, top seeds Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu outplayed Mouma and Shamini Kumaresan 11-9, 11-9, 11-2 while Neha Aggarwal and Madhurika Patkar lost to the seasoned English duo of Joanna Parker and Kelly Sibley 8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 9-11.
Mouma pocketed four medals in the biennial Championships including the mixed doubles silver with Soumyajit Ghosh.