Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra (Photo Credit: Twitter)
Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra won the final of the Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament to book their place in the Tokyo Olympics
The Indian pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra booked their place in the mixed-doubles event at the Tokyo Olympics by winning the final of the Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament on Saturday
Kamal and Manika cam back from two games down to beat the Korean pair Lee Sangsu and Jeon Jihee 4-2 in the final.
The had earlier defeated Singapore’s Koen Pang Yew En and Lin Ye 4-2 in the semi-final clash on Friday.
Having already secured the singles berths on Thursday and now aiming for double qualification, Sharath and Manika faced a tough challenge in the initial part of the match as the scores were levelled at 2-2 after the fourth game. However, the 2018 Asian Games bronze medallist pair managed to hold an edge over the opponent and bagged two successive games to complete a 12-10, 9-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-8, 13-11 victory in 50 minutes.
Meanwhile, the Korean duo Lee and Jeon entered the final with a 4-11, 11-7, 11-4, 5-11, 11-8, 11-8 victory over Thailand’s Padasak Tanviriyavechakul and Suthasini Sawettabut.
On Thursday, all the four Indian paddlers Sharath, Manika, Gnanasekaran Sathiyan and Sutirtha Mukherjee earned themselves singles spots at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. While Sathiyan and Sutirtha emerged winners in their respective categories of the South Asian Group, Sharath and Manika sealed Tokyo berths by virtue of being the highest-ranked second-placed players.
(With inputs from IANS)