The Indian men’s team finished with a bronze medal at the Asian Table Tennis Championships 2023 following a semi-final defeat to Chinese Taipei in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, on Wednesday.
The Indian men’s table tennis team comprising veteran Sharath Kamal, Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran lost 0-3 in their final four match.
The two losing semi-finalists are awarded bronze medals at the competition.
Commonwealth Games champion Sharath Kamal opened the proceedings for the Indian men’s team and lost 0-3 to Chuang Chih-Yuan, a former doubles world champion.
In the second match, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran fell 0-3 to Lin Yun-Ju, who was one half of the men’s doubles bronze medal-winning team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
In the must-win third match of the tie, India’s Harmeet Desai fought hard but lost 1-3 to Kao Cheng-Jui.
The Indian men’s team, seeded third in the tournament, had defeated Singapore 3-0 to seal a spot in the final four and ensured a medal on Monday.
On Tuesday, the Indian women’s team of Manika Batra, Ayhika Mukherjee and Sutirtha Mukherjee lost 0-3 to Thailand to finish sixth. The Indian trio had registered a 3-2 win over Singapore in a 5-8 position play-off tie earlier on the same day.
The Indian women’s team’s medal prospects ended after a 0-3 defeat to Japan in the quarter-finals on Monday.
In the mixed doubles, the Indian pair of Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran lost 2-3 to Thailand’s Phakpoom Sanguansin and Orawan Paranang in the round of 32 on Tuesday. Another Indian pair of Harmeet Desai and Sreeja Akula lost 0-3 to the top-seeded Tomokazu Harimoto and Hina Hayata of Japan in round of 32.
The Asian Table Tennis Championships 2023 was also a qualifier for the Paris 2024 Olympics. Quota places were on offer for the winners of the men’s and women’s team and mixed doubles events.
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