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Indian men's table tennis team clinch bronze medal finish in Asian Table Tennis Championships

Pyeongchang [Republic of Korea], September 6 (ANI): The Indian men's team secured a bronze medal finish at the Asian Table Tennis Championships 2023 after falling short in their semi-final clash against Chinese Taipei in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, on Wednesday.

The Indian men's table tennis team comprising a mix of experienced as well as youth talent of Sharath Kamal, Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran lost 0-3 in the final four.

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, who is 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 fell short with a score of 1-3 to Kao Cheng-Jui.

The Indian men's team, seeded third in the tournament, had earlier 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 in the tournament.

The Indian trio had previously 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 the round of 32.

The Asian Table Tennis Championships 2023 also served as a qualifier for the Paris 2024 Olympics. (ANI)