Achanta Sharath Kamal showed that age is just a number as the 40-year-old capped off his best-ever Commonwealth Games performance by winning gold here in men’s singles on Monday. After losing the first match he should have taken out, Sharath defeated a much younger but experienced England’s Liam Pitchford 11-13, 11-7, 11-2, 11-6, 11-8 in the NEC arena. Sharath, who had won gold in singles for the first time in 2006, had already won two golds here in the team and mixed doubles, along with Sreeja Akula.
With this yellow metal, he increased his total to a whopping 13 medals in five CWG appearances.
In the final he was at his best, with winners from both sides. Long rallies away from the table were the order of the day and Sharath won most of them. He was also brilliant at cutting the points with perfectly placed backhand winners.
In what turned out to be the final game of the title fight, Sharath led 6-1 before Pitchford narrowed the deficit to 5-6 by winning the best rally of the game. Sharath took the pressure to make it 10-6 after a timeout.
He thought he had converted his second match point, but the umpires awarded the point to his opponent because the ball was close to Sharath’s body the moment he reeled it in.
He converted the next one to complete a memorable run in Birmningham.
G Sathiyan took the bronze after a marathon fight against England’s Paul Drinkhall.
Sathiyan took his first CWG medal in singles after beating home favorite Drinkhall 4-3 in front of a packed crowd.
The Indian avenged his final loss in the men’s doubles against the same opponent by winning 11-9 11-3 11-5 8-11 9-11 10-12 and 11-9.
The bronze was Sathiyan’s sixth overall medalist at the CWG since 2018 Gold Coast.
On Sunday, Sathiyan paired up with the Sharath to claim silver in the men’s doubles after falling to England duo Drinkhall and Pitchford.
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