India's young table tennis players wrapped up their winning spree in the Bahrain Junior and Cadet Open on a high note. They added 8 more medals to their kitty, including two gold, three silver and three bronze medals on February 11 (Monday).
The medal rush for India started with world no. 4 in the U-15 bracket, Payas Jain, steamrolling past his opponents to clinch the cadet boys individual category crown. In the summit clash, he trounced over Cezch Republic's Simon Belik, 3-1, to bag gold. In the cadet girls' category, 5 young Indian paddlers powered their way into the quarterfinals. However, only two out of them eventually made it to the last four.
Anargya Manjunath and Yashaswini Ghorpade walked past their opposition to help themselves to an easy 3-0 victories over Malamatenia Papadimitriou of Greece and Hana Goda of Egypt respectively. Thus, it led to an all-Indian affair. Anargya proved to be the girl in form and emerged on top of Yashaswini, 3-1, to settle for gold.
Suhana Saini and Swastika Ghosh fought hard in the mini-cadet girls' and junior girls' category, respectively. It, however, became too much of a task and they could only salvage a bronze medal each.
Suhana (U-15) bowed out to World No. 42 Hana Goda of Egypt in the semi-finals to claim the third position. Swastika Ghosh too couldn't put it past eventual winner and Russia's Kristina Kazantseva. As a result, she had to be content with bronze.
In the doubles section, the duos of Anargya Manjunath-Suhana Saini and Manushree Patil- Swastika Ghosh made it to the semi-finals in the junior girls' category. The former pair's run, however, was cut short by Kristina Kazantsev-Olga Vishniakova, the eventual winners (Russia).
The Indian contingent had earlier clinched four medals in the team events.
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