Sharath, Manika seal Olympic berth in mixed doubles after winning Asian Qualification event

Star Indian pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra sealed the Olympics berth in mixed doubles desk tennis after beating world No. 8 Korean Sang-Su Lee and Jihee Jneon 4-2 in the ultimate of Asian Olympic Qualification Event right here on Saturday.

The 2018 Asian Video games bronze medallists staged a exceptional comeback after being two units all the way down to outwit the Korean pair 8-11 6-11 11-5 11-6 13-11 11-8 in an exhilarating ultimate.

Sharath and Manika had already secured their singles berth on Thursday and can now additionally compete as a doubles pair on the delayed Tokyo Video games, to be held from July 23 to August 8 this yr.

On Friday, Sharath and Manika had defeated Singapore’s Koen Pang Yew En and Lin Ye 4-2 in the semifinals to get to touching distance of creating it to the showpiece.

On Thursday, all of the 4 Indian paddlers Sharath, Manika, Gnanasekaran Sathiyan and Sutirtha Mukherjee had earned themselves singles qualification berths on the Tokyo Video games.

Whereas Sathiyan and Sutirtha emerged winners in their respective classes of the South Asian Group, Sharath and Manika sealed Tokyo berths by advantage of being the highest-ranked second-placed gamers.

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