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Sharath, Manika take bronze in Asain Games

Sharath, Manika take bronze in Asain Games
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The Indian mixed doubles table tennis pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra bagged the firstever bronze medal in the sport after going down in the semifinals of the 18th Asian Games here on Wednesday

Jakarta: The Indian mixed doubles table tennis pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra bagged the first-ever bronze medal in the sport after going down in the semi-finals of the 18th Asian Games here on Wednesday.

Sharath-Manika were outplayed 4-1 (9-11, 5-11, 13-11, 4-11, 8-11) in 39 minutes by China's Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha in the last-four clash.

Sharath and Manika, who defeated the North Korean pair of An Ji Song and Cha Hyo Sim 3-2 (4-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8) in 38 minutes in the quarter-finals, got India's first doubles medal at the Asiad in the sport.

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