India had two pair in the mixed doubles semi-final, but both failed to make it to the gold medal round at the Commonwealth Gams on Saturday.
In the first semi-final, Achanta Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das were beaten by Ning Gao and Yu Mengyu of Singapore 3-2. The Indian pair lost 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 7-11.
In the second semi-final, Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran lost to England’s Liam Pitchford and Yo Tin Tim by a similar margin 8-11, 10-12, 11-5, 11-8, 13-15.
So we have two Indian pairs playing for the bronze medal.
On Thursday, the women’s doubles pair of Manika Batra and Mouma Das went down to defending champions Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu 5-11, 4-11, 5-11 in the gold medal round.
The silver medal they won was India’s first from women’s doubles table tennis at the Commonwealth Games.
Rajput, Chain ins 50m Rifle 3 Positions final
India’s leading marksmen Sanjeev Rajput and Chain Singh made it to the final of the 50 metres Rifle 3 Positions event.
Rajpur topped the qualifying round with 1180 points: kneeling (391), prone (399) and standing (390) positions.
Chain was second with 1166. He scored 389 in kneeling, 398 in prone and 379 in standing.
In scoring 1180, Rajput bettered the previous Commonwealth Games mark of 1166 in qualifying, set by countryman Gagan Narang in 2010.
Chain’s effort equalled it.