Young paddlers from India added eight medals to their kitty, including two gold, three silver and three bronze medals, to draw curtains to their campaign at the Bahrain Junior and Cadet Open on a high note in Manama, Bahrain.
The rush for medals for India started off 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 finals, he tamed Simon Belik of Czech Republic 3-1 to bag the gold medal.
Five young Indian paddlers paved their way into the quarterfinals in the cadet girl’s category. Only two of them could make it to the last four stage.
The easy 3-0 wins we’re registered by Anargya Manjunath and Yashaswini Ghorpade over Malamatenia Papadimitriou of Greece and Hana Goda of Egypt respectively, to make the final an all-Indian affair.
Yashaswini was beaten by Karnataka’s Anargya by 3-1. Anargya proved to be the girl in form and clinched the gold.
Swastika Ghosh and Suhana Saini fought courageously in the mini-cadet girls’ and junior girls’ categories respectively, but could only salvage a bronze medal each or their efforts.
Swastika lost to eventual winner Kristina Kazantseva of Russia and settled for a bronze. On the other hand, Suhana (U-15) went down to World No. 42 Hana Goda of Egypt in the semifinals to take the third spot.
The duo of Anargya Manjunath-Suhana Saini and Manushree Patil- Swastika Ghosh made it to the semifinals in the junior girls category in the double’s section.
But the former’s journey was cut short by Kristina Kazantsev-Olga Vishniakova, the eventual winners from Russia.
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The Indian pair Swastika and Manushree seemed to be on course for a grand victory, getting off to a flying start. But the bounce back by Russian girls from a two-game deficit to register a remarkable 3-2 win, handing the Indian pair only the silver.
A similar matter was seen in the junior boys’ doubles where the Indian pair Payas Jain and Deepit Patil suffered were defeated by the Russian pair of Artem Tikhonov and Lev Katsman in the finals to settle for a silver medal.
The Indian contingent had earlier clinched four medals in the team events and made it a fabulous sojourn in Manama, Bahrain by amassing a total tally of 12 medals.