🇮🇳 Four Indian paddlers Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra, G Sathiyan and Sutirtha Mukherjee qualify for Tokyo Olympics

:ping_pong: The Indian paddlers Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra, G Sathiyan and Sutirtha Mukherjee qualified for the Tokyo Olympics at the Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament in Doha this week.

Veteran table tennis star Sharath Kamal is set to make his fourth appearance at the Tokyo Olympics after he had a dominant win over Pakistan’s Muhammad Rameez. The other Indians to have qualified are Manika Batra, G Sathiyan and Sutirtha Mukherjee.

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Manika Batra is the top-ranked female table tennis player in India and ranked 63rd in the world. She specialises in playing long-pimples on her backhand, a rubber which is not often played by top players.

She received Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2020.

Achievements Representing :india: India

Asian Games

Bronze medal – third place\ 16x16 2018 Jakarta Palembang Mixed doubles

Commonwealth Games

Gold medal – first place\ 16x16 2018 Gold Coast Women’s team
Gold medal – first place\ 16x16 2018 Gold Coast Women’s singles
Silver medal – second place\ 16x16 2018 Gold Coast Women’s doubles
Bronze medal – third place\ 16x16 2018 Gold Coast Mixed doubles

South Asian Games

Gold medal – first place\ 16x16 2016 Guwahati/Shillong Women’s team
Gold medal – first place\ 16x16 2016 Guwahati/Shillong Women’s doubles
Gold medal – first place\ 16x16 2016 Guwahati/Shillong Mixed doubles
Silver medal – second place\ 16x16 2016 Guwahati/Shillong Women’s singles

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Manika Batra, a model turned table tennis player

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Achanta Sharath Kamal is the first Indian table tennis player ever to become nine times Senior National Champion hence breaking the record of eight times National Champion Kamlesh Mehta.

His current world rank is 41 and highest world ranking has been 30.

He is the recipient of the fourth highest civilian award, Padma Shri and Arjuna Award for the year 2004.

This is Sharath’s 4th appearance in Olympics at Tokyo. He had earlier been part of the Athens Games in 2004, Beijing in 2008 and Rio in 2016.

Sharath’s Achievements Representing :india: India

Commonwealth Games

Gold medal – first place\ 16x16 2006 Melbourne Men’s singles
Gold medal – first place\ 16x16 2006 Melbourne Men’s team
Gold medal – first place\ 16x16 2010 Delhi Men’s doubles
Bronze medal – third place\ 16x16 2010 Delhi Men’s team
Gold medal – first place\ 16x16 2018 Gold Coast Men’s team
Silver medal – second place\ 16x16 2018 Gold Coast Men’s doubles
Bronze medal – third place\ 16x16 2018 Gold Coast Men’s singles
Bronze medal – third place\ 16x16 2018 Gold Coast Mixed doubles

Asian Games

Bronze medal – third place\ 16x16 2018 Jakarta Men’s team
Bronze medal – third place\ 16x16 2018 Jakarta Mixed doubles

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Sathiyan Gnanasekaran is the first Indian Table Tennis player to break into the World Top-25 ITTF rankings when he attained his career-best ranking of World Ranking 24 in 2019.

He is currently ranked at number 32 in the world.

He is a recipient of the Arjuna Award (2018) and TOISA Table Tennis Player of the Year Award (2017)

Achievements Representing :india: India

ITTF Challenge

Gold medal – first place\ 16x16 2016 Belgium Men’s Singles
Gold medal – first place\ 16x16 2017 Spanish Men’s Singles

IIFT Major

Silver medal – second place\ 16x16 2017 Bulgaria Men’s Doubles
Silver medal – second place 2020 Hungarian Men’s Doubles

Commonwealth Games

Gold medal – first place\ 16x16 2018 Men’s Team, Gold Coast
Silver medal – second place\ 16x16 2018 Gold Coast Men’s Doubles
Bronze medal – third place\ 16x16 2018 Gold Coast Mixed Doubles

Asian Games

Bronze medal – third place 2018 Men’s Team, Jakarta

ITTF Platinum

Bronze medal – third place 2019 Australian Men’s Doubles

ITTF Challenge Plus

Bronze medal – third place 2019 Oman Men’s Singles

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Sutirtha Mukherjee is an Indian paddler who broke her personal world record last year by ranking 95 in the ITTF World Rankings.

While she does not have as many international achievements as the rest of the Indian TT qualifiers, she is definitely one to watch in the upcoming Olympic Games!

Achievements Representing :india: India

Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place\ 16x16 2018 Women’s Team, Gold Coast

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:ping_pong: Breaking News :ping_pong:

:india: India’s Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal have qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics Table Tennis Mixed Doubles, after defeating the Korean team 4-2 in Asians Qualifiers Finals :india:

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