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India sweeps table tennis team event at CWG after men beat Nigeria for gold

Historic moment: It was a great day for Indian table tennis as the men’s team emulated the women to pick up the gold   | Photo Credit: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

The Indians were unstoppable.

As defending champions Singapore in the semifinals and Nigeria in the final, later in the day, found out.

They were hardly able to put out any sort of resistance and India won the men’s table tennis team event of the XXI Commonwealth Games here on Monday.

The final against Nigeria was one-sided as Indians won easily at 3-0. But what had helped them gain momentum and confidence was the hard-fought 3-2 win over Singapore in the semifinals in the morning.

Singapore relied heavily on Gao Ning and though he did deliver, winning both his singles matches, the Indians kept up pressure thanks to Sharath Kamal whose superbly put it past Shao Feng Ethan Poh and Xu Jie Pang in the singles.

Marathon tie

The second semifinal between Nigeria and England had turned out to be a marathon affair before the Africans put it across the latter at 3-2. That probably left them exhausted.

Bode Abiodun got off to a good start against Sharath by sewing up the opening set at 11-4, but as the Indian pushed hard and the Nigerian just failed to cope.

Sharath continued on with his attacking game and breezed through next three sets, winning the tie 4-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9.

In the second singles, G. Sathiyan was given a tough fight by Segun Toriola. But Sathiyan, who has had a great week, was quick to overcome the loss of the first set, to cruise to a memorable 10-12, 11-3, 11-3, 11-4 victory.

Sathiyan was quickly back on court, this time in the company of Harmeet Desai, for the doubles against Okagide Omotayo and Bode Abiodun and it was easy sailing for the Indian pair, which won 11-8, 11-5, 11-3.

The results:

Men: Team even (final):

India bt Nigeria 3-0 (Sharath Kamal bt Bode Adiodun 4-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-3.

G. Sathiyan bt Segun Toriola 10-12, 11-3, 11-3, 11-4.

Harmeet Desai & G. Sathiyan bt Okodia Omotayo & Bode Abiodun 11-8, 11-5, 11-3.

Losers’ final: England bt Singapore 3-0.

Semifinals: India bt Singapore (Harmeet Desai lost to Gao Ning 9-11, 5-11, 8-11.

Sharath Kamal bt Shao Feng Ethan Poh 11-5, 11-5, 11-4.

G. Sathiyan & Harmeet Desai bt Xue Jie Pang & Shao Feng Ethan Poh 8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8.

G. Sathiyan lost to Gao Ning 5-11, 12-10, 4-11, 11-13.

Sharath Kamal bt Xu Jie Pang 11-5, 12-10, 12-10).

Nigeria bt England 3-2.

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