Jakarta, Aug 28 (UNI) The Indian Men’s Table Tennis team settled for bronze medal at the 18th Asian Games held here on Tuesday.
They suffered a 0-3 defeat against Korea in the semi-finals. But this bronze medal was historic as it was India’s first medal in the history of Asian Games.
The team comprising G Sathiyan, Achanta Sharath Kamal and A Amalraj couldn’t put up a fight against the Koreans.
On Monday Indian team defeated Japan 3-1 in the quarters, to reach semi-finals and ensured their first medal. India faced a strong team of Korea and lost all the three matches.
Satyen, 25, who won two matches against Japan, defeated Lee Sangsu by 1-3. Satyen started well in the match and won the first game 11-9. But the Koreans returned and won the next three games 11-9, 11-3, 11-3 to give Korea a 1-0 lead in the match.
In the second match Sharath Kamal put up a great fight against world No 26 Young Sik Jeoung but could not convert it into a win and lost in five games 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 7-11, 11-8 to give Korea a 2-0 lead in the semi-final.
Anthony Amalraj lost in the third match against Young Sik Jeoung 5-11, 7-11, 11-4, 7-11 and Korea made an unbeatable 3-0 lead, and entered into the final.