Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
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India clinch men's team table tennis title at Gold Coast 2018

India clinch men's team table tennis title at Gold Coast 2018

Gold Coast: Indian badminton team hold tricolour during medal ceremony after India's win in mixed-team badminton event final at Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast, on Monday.

Men's team also didn't stay too far behind as they beat Nigeria in the final to present India its ninth gold in the Games. Gnanasekaran and Desai won the first game 11-8 before winning the next two games 11-5, 11-3. With 11 Gold, 4 Silver and 5 Bronze so far, India are now third in the overall ranking (20). Malaysia came back to give themselves a chance at 2-1 when Saina Nehwal came to play, and clinch the gold for India in a three-game thriller.

The Indians came into the tie riding on the momentum from a hard-fought 3-2 win over defending champion Singapore in the semifinals earlier this morning.

With individual and doubles medals still on offer, India's performance is already a marked improvement from its disappointing showing in Glasgow four years ago when it managed just a silver in men's doubles.

In the first singles match, Harmeet Desai faced 9-11, 5-11, 8-11 in the hands of Ning Gao, with India losing 0-1. Not a lot of people are able to experience the Commonwealth Games, or a big crowd like this. "Things got a bit hard for us, but credit to him for focussing and managing to win the second match". She soon became the best player in the city.

Elsewhere, India completed its weightlifting campaign with nine medals - the last coming from Pardeep's Singh silver in the men's 105 kg category, lifting 152kg in snatch and 200kg in clean and jerk for a total of 352kg.

They also beat Belize 3-0 and Malaysia 3-1 respectively in their group games.

"We didn't expect both teams to win, we were very motivated and had nothing to lose".

Gold Coast: Debutants Gaurav Solanki (52kg) and Manish Kaushik (60kg) advanced to the quarter-finals, continuing Indian boxers' fine preliminary run at the CWG here.

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