2019 – 13th South Asia Games
Monday 2nd – Friday 6th December
India completes clean sweep in Kathmandu
Staged from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th December in Kathmandu, Nepal; India completed a clean sweep in the table tennis events at the South Asia Games.
Harmeet Desai, Amalraj Anthony, Soumyajit Ghosh and Sanil Shetty, alongside Sudhanshu Grover combined to win the men’s team title; Sutirtha Mukherjee, Ayhika Mukherjee, Sreeja Akula, Madhurika Patkar and Sinha Krittwika formed the successful women’s team squad.
Nepal, who selected from Purushottam Borjacharya, Santoo Shrestha, Shiv Sundar Gothe, Binesh Khaniya and Sanyog Kapali finished in runners up spot in the men’s team event; for the women, the silver medal belonged to Sri Lanka. They selected from Ishara Madurangi, Sandinsa Bimandi, Erandi Dilushika, Ayla Sharik Chitty and Hansini Piumila.
Meanwhile, later in the proceedings, Amalraj Anthony and Harmeet Desai combined to win the win the men’s doubles title accounting for Sanil Shetty and Sudhanshu Grover in the final. Likewise, Sreeja Akula and Madhurika Patkar emerged the women’s doubles champions. They beat Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayikha Mukherjee in the final.
Similarly, it was mixed doubles success for India. Harmeet Desai and Sutirtha Mukherjee joined forces to claim gold; the silver medal finished in the hands of Amalraj Anthony and Ayikha Mukherjee.
Two titles for Amalraj Anthony; on the concluding day of action he made it a third. After accounting for Nepal’s Santoo Shreshta (11-4, 12-10, 11-8, 11-2), he beat Hameet Desai (6-11, 9-11, 10-12, 11-7, 11-4, 11-9, 11-4) to arrest the title. In the counterpart semi-final, Harmeet Desai had also ended the hopes of the host nation; he had ousted Purushottam Borjacharya (11-5, 11-4, 11-1, 11-4).
More success for Amalraj Anthony; in the women’s singles it was the same for Ayhika Mukherjee. After accounting for Nepal’s Nabita Srestha (11-7, 11-9, 11-4, 11-5), she overcame Sutirtha Mukherjee (8-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-4, 13-11, 11-8) to reserve the top step of the podium.
In the opposite half of the draw, in the penultimate round, Sutirtha Mukherjee had overcome Sri Lanka’s Ishara Maduangi (11-7, 11-4, 11-7, 11-5).
Editor: Ian Marshall