New Delhi: Top paddler Sharath Kamal on Friday had to settle for a bronze in the men’s singles event as India finished the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships with a record nine medals — but no gold.
Singapore dominated the Championships once again, winning all titles on offer barring the women’s singles which saw Canadian Zhang Mo upsetting top seed from Singapore, Yu Mengyu.
Sharath, other than losing the singles semi-final to Singapore’s Li Hu, let the doubles title slip away after he and Subhajit Saha were tamed by the English pair of Christopher Doran and Samuel Walker at the Thyagaraj Stadium here.
The Indian pair was defending champions from the 2009 Glasgow edition and had also won the gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
As the day started, India was assured of two medals each in women’s singles and doubles. However, Indian players could not progress beyond the semifinals and settled for bronze medals.
The host nation ended the Championships with two silver medals and seven bronze, a couple more than what they got at Glasgow.
Sharath, a silver medallist in 2009, ended joint third after losing a match of high emotion against Li Hu, who beat him easily in the team championship final.
The World no.69 Indian played much better against his 56th-ranked opponent but it wasn’t enough.
Indo-Asian News Service