India’s power table-tennis pair of Manika Batra and Achanta Sharath Kamal stunned the World’s eight best table-tennis champion Korean Sang-Su Lee and Jihee Jneon by 4-2 in the mixed doubles final of the Asian Olympic Qualification event in Doha on Saturday to clinch a quota spot for Tokyo 2020. The mega sports event will be held from July 23 to August 8 this year.
Sharath and Manika had already secured berth in the Tokyo Olympics in the singles table-tennis category on Thursday but after the feat, they both will represent India as a doubles pair in the event.
On the game front, the tennis players who are India’s bronze medallists from 2018 Asian Games staged a splendid performance after being two sets down to outwit the Korean pair 8-11 6-11 11-5 11-6 13-11 11-8 in a thrilling final.
On Friday, Sharath and Manika had defeated Singapore's Koen Pang Yew En and Lin Ye 4-2 in the semifinals to get to touching distance of making it to the showpiece.
On Thursday, all the four Indian paddlers Sharath, Manika, Gnanasekaran Sathiyan and Sutirtha Mukherjee had earned themselves singles qualification berths at the Tokyo Games.
While Sathiyan and Sutirtha emerged winners in their respective categories of the South Asian Group, Sharath and Manika sealed Tokyo berths by virtue of being the highest-ranked second-placed players.