Manav Thakkar leads India’s charge with two golds, one silver on last day of Slovenia Junior

New Delhi, September 25: India’s young paddlers crowned their terrific run in the Slovenia Junior and Cadet Open by finishing with three gold, three silver and two bronze medals late on Sunday night at Otocec.

Seventeen-year-old Manav Thakkar led the charge on thelast day of the tournament, winning the Junior Boys’ Singles and Junior Boys’Doubles’ title in the company of Manush Shah to make it a grand gold double forhimself. 

Earlier on Saturday, when India began the medalhunt with 1 gold and 2 silver, he had featured in India A’s upset defeat toIndia B as well in the Junior Boys’ Team event.

Jeho H (Cadet Boys’ singles) with a silver medal andSelena Selvakumar (Junior Girls’ singles) and the pair of Snehit S &Anukram Jain (Junior Boys’ doubles) with a bronze each were the other heroesfor India on Sunday.

Rajkot’s Manav Thakkar overcame Japan’s Takeru Kashiwain the final of the Junior Boy’s singles 4-0 to clinch perhaps the most covetedtitle. He won rather comfortably 11-6, 11-3, 11-5, 11-6. 

Jeho Himnakulhpuingheta looked like a good bet foranother gold medal but he couldn’t unravel Owen Cathcart in the finals and hadto be content with the silver.

Selena Selvakumar too was just a game away frommaking it to the finals in the Junior Girls’ Singles. After losing the firstgame 14-16 to Chin Yau Wong, she won the next three 11-3, 11-9, 11-8  totake the upper hand. But she lost the next three (5-11, 9-11, 4-11) to miss hertryst with a brighter coloured medal.

Snehit S and Anukram Jain, on the other hand, lost tothe Indian pair of Manav Thakkar and Manush Shah in the semis to have tobe content with the bronze.


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