Indian table tennis team continued their winning show in the ongoing 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games, with "Golden Girl" Manika Batra claiming her maiden women's singles title here on Saturday.
A walk-over in his final 125 kg wrestling bout denied Sumit Malik the chance to experience the gold medal winning moment but boxer Gaurav Solanki's delight when he won a split verdict was worthy of being framed. In the other match, Sutirtha Mukherjee and Pooja Saharabudhe lost the bronze medal match 1-3 (13-15, 7-11, 11-8, 7-11) to Ho Ying and Lyne Karen of Malaysia.
Saina Nehwal became the first Indian to win two singles Golds at the Games after defeating PV Sindhu.
With best ever finish on CWG platform, table tennis will surely hold high hopes when India will head to Tokyo for the upcoming Olympics and Birmingham for the next Commonwealth Games. Dipika had to endure the disappointment of not winning the mixed doubles gold in partnership but in joining Saurav Ghoshal on the podium, she helped him overcome the pain of an early exit in singles.
Vinesh outclassed Canada's Jessica MacDonald 13-3 to win India's 23rd gold medal of the Games.
She also won a silver medal at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria before arriving in Gold Coast. That surely did sound pretty confident from a team that had bagged five medals in New Delhi in 2010 CWG, but fell down to just one in Glasgow in 2014.
On Thursday, the women's doubles pair of Manika Batra and Mouma Das went down to defending champions Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu 5-11, 4-11, 5-11 in the gold medal round. The duo beat Achanta Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das 11-6, 11-2, 11-4 to clinch table tennis mixed doubles bronze medal.