02 Aug 2022, Birmingham: The Indian men’s team deafeated Singapore 3-1 in the final to successfully defended their gold medal in table tennis at Birmingham 2022 here on Tuesday.
In the opening match of the tie, Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran came up with a 13-11, 11-7, 11-5 win over Izaac Quek and Koen Pang.
However, Sharath Kamal was dealt an upset in the second match when hard-hitting left-hander Clarence Chew beat the World No 39 11-7, 12-14, 11-3, 11-9.
Sathiyan was then back on court in the third match against Koen Pang but came up with a hard-earned 12-10, 7-11, 11-7, 11-4 win to put India 2-1 up.
Then stepped up Desai, the 2019 Commonwealth Championship singles gold medal winner and came up with a commanding 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 win over Chew to secure the title.
This is the fifth gold medal for India at Birmingham 2022.
This was the 3rd time the Indian men’s team won the event at the Commonwealth Games, having first won the title in Melbourne 2006, later at Gold Coast 2018 and now in Birmingham.