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Manika Batra appreciative of Indian support at CWG

Manika Batra appreciative of Indian support at CWG

MC Mary Kom's delightful smile on being confirmed as victor of the women's boxing 48kg gold in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and her Northern Ireland rival Kristina O'Hara's warm hug for the much older and well-decorated champion added to the array of images that are embedded in the recesses of every fan of hers on Saturday.

Indian shooter Anish Bhanwala, aged 15, created history by becoming the country's youngest ever Gold medal victor in the Commonwealth Games, in the men's 25m rapid fire pistol. They finished with eight medals - three golds, two silver and three bronze. Only Australia with 198 medals and England with 136 were ahead. In fact, he was then eyeing the English team, despite Singapore's thorough domination in table tennis at CWG.

In the first men's doubles semi-final, Sharath and Sathiyan made a stunning comeback after losing the first game and went on to thrash their Singapore opponents Yew En Koen Pang and Shao Feng Ethan Poh 3-1 (7-11, 11-5, 11-1, 11-3).

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Manika had also won gold in women's team event and she also won silver in woman's doubles with Mouma Das.

Hopefully, the men's team will do better in their bronze medal match against England.

The undisputed star of the contingent was Batra who first led to India to a historic team gold before becoming the first womens singles gold medallist from her country.

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There was further disappointment for India as Pooja Sahasrabudhe and Sutirtha Mukherjee lost the bronze medal play-off match to Malaysia's Ying Ho and Karen Lyne in four tough games.

India added the women's doubles silver to the two team gold medals from the table tennis arena after Manika Batra and Mouma Das failed to challenge the might of the Singaporean combination of Tianwei Feng and Mengyu Yu in the final.

Sharath turned out to be India's next best performer with three medals - one apiece of each metal. Sharath will also compete for the bronze in the men's singles table tennis event.

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Anish, aged 15, created history by becoming the country's youngest ever gold medal victor in the Commonwealth Games. He is the youngest ever Commonwealth Gold holder and has set a new record at the event.

Teenager Deepak Lather from Haryana became the youngest Indian weightlifter to claim a Commonwealth Games medal, clinching a Bronze in the men's 69kg category.