Asian TT: Indian men finish fifth in champions division, win gold in 1st Division

In the classification match, India defeated Hong Kong 3-0 to finish fifth.

The scintillating pair of Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Bernadette Szocs remained unbeaten for Dabang Delhi in the mixed doubles, beating Benedikt Duda and Manika Batra 2-1 (11-10, 5-11, 11-8).

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran did not lose a single match in the team event for India.   -  Ultimate Table Tennis

The Indian men’s team logged its best ever result at ITTF Asian Table Tennis Championships, finishing fifth after beating Hong Kong 3-0 in the classification match here on Wednesday.

The Indian team also defeated Iran 3-0 to clinch the gold medal in the first division.

In the classification match, India tried out a new opening with Sharath Kamal, who after the initial struggle, managed to put it across Lam Siu Hang 9-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7 to provide the lead.

In the second tie, Anthony Amalraj beat NG Pak Nam 9-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-7, while in the third singles, G. Sathiyan defeated Kwan Man Ho 11-5, 11-13, 11-7, 14-12.

In the second and fourth games, Sathiyan won the last on his second match-point. He was the lone Indian who did not lose a single match in team event, having played all matches from 1st Division.

In the final of the 1st Division, Sharath opened again for India and downed Amin Ahmadin 11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6, while both Sathiyan and Amalraj were stretched fully. Sathiyan beat Air Hossein Hodaei 6-11, 11-4, 10-12, 11-7, 12-10 while Amalraj accounted for Noshad Alamiyan 18-16, 5-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9 to give India the gold.

The individual events will begin tomorrow.

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