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Golden sweep by Indian paddlers

Golden sweep by Indian paddlers
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After sealing their berths in the Asian Juniors, to be held in ther Korean city of Ansan (Korea) from June 29 to July 4, Indian paddlers continued their winning ways on the second day to complete a golden sweep of team medals in the South Asian Junior Table Tennis Championships at Mount Lavinia on Saturday.

Colombo: After sealing their berths in the Asian Juniors, to be held in ther Korean city of Ansan (Korea) from June 29 to July 4, Indian paddlers continued their winning ways on the second day to complete a golden sweep of team medals in the South Asian Junior Table Tennis Championships at Mount Lavinia on Saturday.

In Junior Boys, the Indians first beat Pakistan 3-0 and followed it up with another identical win over hosts Sri Lanka to complete their group engagement and claim the gold. The Manav Thakkar led combination with Manush Shah and Parth Virmani made it a formality against the Pakistan’s Fahad Khawaja, Obaid Shah and Basit Khan and then repeated it against Sri Lanka’s KDVMadhushan, PD Umesh Thennakoon and Nimesh Ranchagoda for the sweep.

Manush Shah won 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 against Madhushan but Manav dropped a game against Umesh before overpowering him 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4. Later, Parth completed the task with a 9-11, 11-4, 14-12, 11-8 win over Nimesh in a tough third rubber.India, finishing with eight points, were followed by Sri Lanka with six points to be the second team to qualify for the Asian event.

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