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India land men’s team Table Tennis gold at commonwealth games

India team Table Tennis on their gold.

India defended their men’s team Table Tennis title with victory over Singapore.

Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran set the ball rolling with a dominant doubles win as India wrapped up a 3-1 victory over the bronze medallists from four years ago.

Zhe Yu Clarence Chew delivered Singapore’s only success to level the contest at 1-1, but singles wins for both Gnanasekaran and Desai landed India the gold.

India’s Sharath Kamal Achanta said: “Last time we had the same amount of pressure. This time we’ve had good teams around [us] and really Singapore did a fantastic job beating England [in the semi-finals] yesterday.

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“We didn’t expect them [Singapore] to play the level what they were playing today, but they put up a fantastic fight and we’re really happy that we could step it up and close the match in the way we did it.”
In a dominant performance, England comfortably beat Nigeria 3-0 to win bronze, with Tom Jarvis and Paul Drinkhall winning their doubles game before Liam Pitchford and Drinkhall won their singles matches.

Despite securing his ninth overall Commonwealth Games medal after a tight battle with Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna, Pitchford admitted there were “mixed emotions” about securing bronze.

“It’s not really what we came for, I’m sort of a bag of mixed emotions at the moment, last night was tough, I didn’t really sleep,” he said.

“I somehow had to get myself up for today and do it for the team. I can look back and be proud of myself that I actually did that, because I could have shied away and not stood up out there and not performed but I did it.

“I’m just proud because it gives me confidence going into the individual events that I’m still here and can beat the best guys in the tournament and I can do something.”

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