GOLD COAST, April 9: India swept the table tennis team events of the Commonwealth Games as the men matched the women to seal a memorable gold with an emphatic 3-0 win over Nigeria in the final today.
It is the first time since the racket sport�s induction into the Commonwealth Games programme that India has topped both categories.
After Manika Batra fired India to a historic triumph over Singapore yesterday, the Sharath Kamal led men�s outfit too beat the team from Nigeria 3-2 in the semifinals, played earlier today.
With individual and doubles medals still on offer, India�s performance is already a marked improvement from its disappointing showing in Glasgow four years ago when it just managed a silver in men�s doubles. It was none other than Nigeria who beat India for bronze in the previous edition.
Kamal, arguably India�s finest ever player, was also part of the men�s team which won the gold in the 2006 Melbourne edition.
India�s unprecedented effort at the Gold Coast Games is also a fair reflection of the sport�s fast improving standard in the country.
As many as six players are in the top-100 of the men�s world rankings and two in the women�s standings.
Today�s final against Nigeria was rather straight forward for the men as compared to the semifinal against Singapore, against whom they had to work much harder. � PTI