Indian paddlers bagged the gold and silver medals in both the men’s and women’s doubles events of the 13th South Asian Games in Kathmandu on Wednesday. Also Read - Indian Table-Tennis Team Primed to Create History at Olympic Qualifiers
In an all Indian affair, Harmeet Desai and Anthony Amalraj defeated compatriots Sanil Shetty and Sudhanshu Grover in the men’s doubles final to win the gold. Also Read - Year-Ender 2019: Paddler Sathiyan Gnanasekaran Takes Over The Mantle From Veteran Achanta Sharath Kamal
The duo of Harmeet and Amalraj defeated compatriots Sanil and Sudhanshu 8-11 11-7 11-7 11-5 8-11 12-10 in the title clash. Also Read - South Asian Games 2019: Boxers, Kabaddi Team Shine as India Close in on 300-Medal Mark on Penultimate Day, Set to Top Tally For 13th Time on Trot
Nepal’s Santoo Shrestha and Vinesh Khaniya secured the bronze medal as did the Sri Lankan pair of Chambers Ginige and Rashmika Krishnanand.
In the women’s doubles final, Madhurika Patkar and Sreeja Akula beat Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee 2-11 11-8 11-8 11-6 5-11 11-5 to clinch the top honours.
The bronze medals went to the Sri Lankan duo of Vishaka Madhurangi and Hansini Puilima and the pairing of Sonam Soma and Sadi Raman Mou of Bangladesh.
In mixed doubles event, Harmeet combined with Sutirtha Mukherjee to down Amalraj and Ayhika 11-6 9-11 11-6 11-6 11-8 to win the gold.