Archana Kamath won her pre-quarterfinal encounter and inched closer to a historic medal in the women’s singles Table Tennis event at the 2018 Youth Olympic games. On the other hand, in the men’s singles Table Tennis event, India’s Manav Thakkar lost his match at the pre-quarterfinal stage.
With only three days of the event finished, India has already secured its best ever gold medal tally at the Youth Olympics bettering its previous record of no gold medals. The contingent has already bagged two gold and three silver medals nearing its previous best haul of eight medals at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore.
India’s Archana Kamath participated in the women’s singles Table Tennis pre-quarterfinal match against Hong Kong’s Lee Ka Yee in which she won 4-2 kindling the hope of a medal from Table Tennis. The match was not an easy one for the youngster as almost every game went down to the wire and beyond. But eventually, she managed to defeat her opponent 14-12, 14-12, 9-11, 8-11, 12-10, 15-13. The youngster also hopes for a medal after winning the quarterfinals.
"It was a tough match and I am glad I came through. I am feeling confident now and hope to get past the next hurdle too to get into the medals' bracket," Kamath told TOI.
On the other hand, in the men’s singles, Manav Thakkar lost his match to Number one seed. Thakkar lost to Tomokazu Harimoto 11-9, 8-11, 7-11, 8-11, 7-11. Though Thakkar started on the right foot winning the first set, he could not capitalize on the first set win and went on to lose the next four consecutive sets to lose the match.
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