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Sharath misses out on bronze

Posted on Aug 03 2014 | IANS

Glasgow, Aug 2 : Indian paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal lost out on a bronze medal after he went down 2-4 to England's Liam Pitchford in the men's singles play-off at the 2014 Commonwealth Games here Saturday.

Sharath Kamal, a three-time CWG champion, lost 6-11, 8-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 10-12 to Pitchford in 42 minutes at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.

The 32-year-old Indian, who had won the singles gold in 2006, staged a great comeback in the third game after losing the first two. But he was erratic and again lost the fourth game but did well to win the fifth and reduce the margin to 2-3.

In the sixth game, Sharath Kamal made a desperate attempt to come back into the match. He led throughout the game but when it mattered the most, the Englishman saved two game points to clinch the match.

Earlier in the day, Sharath Kamal's hopes of a fourth Commonwealth Games gold medal went up in smoke after he lost in straight games to Singapore's Jian Zhan in the men's singles semi-final. He lost 6-11, 6-11, 6-11, 8-11 in 27 minutes.

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