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India’s record haul

New Delhi: Indian paddlers finished with a record haul of nine medals — two silver and seven bronze — even as Singapore continued their dominance in the 19th Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships, which concluded here, on Friday.

The hosts won one of the silver medals through Soumyajit Ghosh and Mouma Das in the mixed doubles event, the other having being won by the men’s team earlier in the tournament.

Sharath Kamal, however, had to settle for a bronze after losing the men’s singles semi-final while Mouma Das and Manika Batra claimed bronze in the women’s singles.

At least six of the eight semi-finals, including doubles, featured host players but none of them could make the summit clash.

The Singaporean paddlers, expectedly, claimed gold in all the categories except for the women’s individual competition.

Canada’s Mo Zhang pulled off a surprise 4-3 win over Singapore’s world No. 27 Mengyu Mu. The men’s singles event saw the top two seed Singapore players, Jian Zhan (25) and Hu Li (55), battling it out for the title. Jian routed his compatriot 4-0.

Earlier, a major upset for the hosts came when the duo of Sharath and Subhajit Saha were beaten by inexperienced English pair of Christopher Doran and Samuel Walker in the semi-final of the men’s doubles.

The defending champions failed to match the exuberance and agility of the young English pair and lost the tie 11-4, 8-11, 11-6, 10-12, 7-11.

(PTI)