Manika Batra appreciative of Indian support at CWG

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Manika Batra created history on Saturday when she became the first Indian woman to win a table tennis singles gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

India finished third in the medals tally at the Commonwealth Games 2018 with 66 medals (26 Gold, 20 Silver and 20 Bronze).

Earlier in the day in the Para table tennis, Australia's Melissa Tapper beat Faith Obazuaye 7-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-3 to win the TT6-10 women's final in less than 20 minutes.

Her partner Sathiyan, who hails from Chennai, won his third medal at the Games after previously winning gold in the men's team event and silver in men's doubles with Sharath Kamal.

Batra will have the chance of winning a medal in all four categories when she pairs up with Sathiyan for the bronze medal play-off in mixed doubles.

Indian shooter Anish Bhanwala, aged 15, created history by becoming the country's youngest ever Gold medal victor in the Commonwealth Games, in the men's 25m rapid fire pistol. Manika spearheaded the Indian challenge as they won the women's team competition for the first time, beating Singapore's World No 4 Tanwei Feng in the first singles.

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Manika Batra's multiple gold medal-winning feat made sure that she will be spoken of as the girl who inspired a whole generation of youngsters to take to the sport.

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Sathiyan said a bronze medal each should be awarded to both semifinalists in table tennis, just like in some other sports. The Indian pair lost 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 7-11.

Indians may not have got to watch HS Prannoy's 16-21, 21-9, 14-21 semi-final loss to badminton legend Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia) but could empathise with his pain and disappointment.

After officially branding herself as one of the players India should watch out for in the coming years, table tennis star Manka Batra ended her glorious run in debut Commonwealth Games with her fourth medal finish at Gold Coast.

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