India’s junior paddlers continued their stellar show in the Asian Junior and Cadet Championships, netting three medals in the individual events in Myanmar late on Friday night.
Spearheaded by junior world No 5 Manav Thakkar, India had created history by entering the finals of the team championship for the first time. They followed that up with winning three bronze medals in the doubles competitions.
In the junior boys’ doubles, the duo of Manav and Manush Shah beat the Singaporean pair of Chua Sao Han Josh and Yu Zong Jun Gerald 3-2 in the Round of 16 before steamrolling the Iranian combination of Amin Ahmadian and Amirreza Abbasi Monjezi 3-0 to advance to the last four. Up against the formidable Chinese pair of Xu Yingbin and Yu Heyi, they lost 0-3 and finished with the bronze.
Manav then paired up with Archana Kamath to win his second bronze medal in the junior mixed doubles category. They beat the Kazakhstan pair of Akasheva Zhauresh and Kenzhigulov Aidos 3-1 in the Round of 16 and then got the better of the Taiwanese pair of Peng Chih and Chien Tung-Chuan by an identical scoreline to qualify for the medal round.
In the semis, they took on the Chinese pair of Xu Yingbin and Shi Xunyao and bowed out of the tournament with a 2-3 loss.
The other boys’ doubles team of Jeet Chandra and Snehit Surajjula also went down to the Korean pair of the Choi Inhyeok and Kwak Yubin 0-3 to finish their Asian campaign with a bronze.