Sensational Manika Batra wins historic gold in Table Tennis

India's Mouma Das and Manika Batra celebrate a point during their women's doubles table tennis match.  AFP

India's Mouma Das and Manika Batra celebrate a point during their women's doubles table tennis match. AFP

Indian table tennis player Manika Batra claimed gold in women's singles beating Yu Mengyu of Singapore at the 2018 Commonwealth Games here on Friday. She dished out a clinical performance to win the contest 4-0 against Singapore's Mengyu Yu and become the first Indian woman to win gold in the women's singles event at the Commonwealth Games.

Adding to what has so far been a brilliant day for India at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast with as much as 7 gold medals in a day, Manika Batra gave India its first TT gold of the day.

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The 22-year-old Delhi girl thumped her opponent 11-7, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7.

Earlier in the day, Batra showed her crucial victory against World No. 4 Feng Tianwei in the team final was no fluke as the Indian edged out the Singaporean 4-3 in the women's singles semifinals. Sumit Malik in the men's 125kg and Vinesh Phogat in the women's 50kg category won gold medals respectively. Divya Kakran also got home a Bronze medal for India in Wrestling defeating Sherin Sultana of Bangladesh.

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A Silver nonetheless was a remarkable result for the Indian team which could not make the final in the past four Games. In the bronze medal play-off, the Malaysian duo Ying Ho and Karen Lyne emeged victorious against India's Sutirtha Mukherjee and Pooja Sahasrabudhe 15-13, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7.

Earlier, Amit Panghal won silver medal after losing to England's Galal Yafai in men's 46-49kg final.

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Ashwini and N Sikki Reddy comfortably thrashed the Sri Lankan pair of Hasini Ambalangodage and Madushika Dilrukshi Beruwelage 21-11, 21-13. Dipika then joined Joshna to enter the women's doubles semi-finals after a 2-1 (7-11, 11-5, 11-9) win over Canada's Samantha Cornett and Nikki Todd.

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