Such was the supremacy of China, Japan and South Korea that India had never medalled in table tennis. That changed with the men’s squad, led by Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, defeating world no. 4 Japan in the quarter-finals to clinch bronze in the team event. And later, veteran player Sharath
Kamal, 36, and rising star Manika
Batra, 23, paired up for mixed doubles to add another bronze to the collection.
MANIKA BATRA & SHARATH KAMAL VINESH PHOGAT