Published: Mon, April 16, 2018

Manika Batra appreciative of Indian support at CWG

Manika Batra appreciative of Indian support at CWG

Manika Batra's sensational run at the Commonwealth Games fetched her another medal as she teamed up with G Sathiyan to collect the mixed doubles bronze, thereby claiming a medal in every event she competed in here.

This was Batras fourth medal of the Games. She had earlier won a historic women's singles gold and was also a part of the top-finishing women's team. In womens doubles, she won a silver with Mouma Das.

World No. 58 Batra's dream run in the quadrennial event continued as she blanked 50th-ranked Yu Mengyu of Singapore 4-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7) in a one-sided final. India finished at the top of the rankings for the first time, leaving behind old rivals Singapore and England.

With 26 gold, 20 silver and as many bronze medals, India signed off third on the table - a promotion of two positions from Glasgow.

India has won its 60th medal of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the form of a 19th bronze, which came from an all-Indian mixed doubles bronze medal match.

Her incredible rise has enthralled fans across the country, who hailed her as India's hero from Gold Coast and even appealed to make her the flagbearer for the Indian contingent in the closing ceremony.

Batra will have the chance of winning a medal in all four categories when she pairs up with Sathiyan for the bronze medal play-off in mixed doubles. We've been training in Portugal trying out different pairs. "This is my first individual medal in this big tournament and I am feeling really proud", said Batra after her phenomenal effort.

On beating his senior doubles partner Sharath, Sathiyan said, "It was very hard mentally to play against my teammate". Sharath will later today face England's Sam Walker in the men's singles gold medal match.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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