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CWG 2018: Satwik-Chirag ends campaign with silver, Ashwini-Sikki with bronze

By: Swetha Reddy
Date: 16 Apr, 2018
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India’s badminton remarkable run at the 2018 Commonwealth Games came to an end with one gold, two silver and one bronze at the Gold Coast on Sunday.

The young duo, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won silver at the Games after losing to the Englishmen Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge, the Rio Olympic bronze medallist with 13-21, 16-21 in the finals of the individual event.

At the age of just 17 and 20, Satwik and Chirag took the badminton world by storm in the last few months and have achieved exceptional feats. Being the second seeds, Satwik and Chirag justified the billing and became the first Indian Men’s Doubles pair to have won a medal at the Commonwealth Games.

While in the Women’s Doubles category, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy won bronze at the Games defeating Australia’s Setyana Mapasa and Gronya Somerville in the straight games with 21-19, 21-19 in the 47-minute play-off match.

Previously in the semi-finals encounter, Sikki and Ashwini lost to the Malaysians Mei Kuan Chow and Vivian Hoo with 21-17, 15-21, 4-21 in the hard-fought 68 minute contest.

In the Men’s Singles play off, HS Prannoy lost to Rajiv Ouseph of England with 21-17, 23-25, 9-21, and previously lost to Lee Chong Wei in the Semi-Finals event with 16-21, 21-9, 14-21.

With the impressive haul of two gold, three silvers, and one bronze medals, Indian badminton proves that it has been scaling heights and shows how fast the sport has been emerging in the recent years.  

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