India's Junior Paddlers Win 2 silver, 3 Bronze Medals At Serbian Junior and Cadet Open 2018

| September 21 , 2018 , 19:56 IST

India's young paddlers continued with their rich form on the international stage, as they bagged two silver and three bronze medals on Friday in the 2018 Serbian Junior and Cadet Open held at Kovilovo, Serbia.

Deepit Patil-Anukram Jain and Radhapriya Goel-Anusha Kutumbale emerged as the shining stars, after grabbing the silver medals in the junior boys' doubles and the junior girls' doubles categories respectively late on Thursday.

Diya Chitale-Swastika Ghosh also excelled in the junior girls' doubles category, claiming the bronze medal.

Manush Shah emerged as the individual hero to win two medals, one along with Raegan Albuquerque in the junior boys' doubles and the other in the junior boys' singles event.

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Deepit-Anukram and Raegan-Manush eased into the semi-finals with easy wins to raise the prospects of a gold.

However, the Raegan-Manush pair capitulated 2-3 against the Thailand-Indonesia duo of Yanapong Panagitgun and Gerald Jun Yu Zong; Deepit-Anukram, but put up a stellar fight to register a 3-2 victory over Singapore's Josh Shao Han Chua and Yew En Koen Pang.

In the final, Deepit-Anukram got off to a winning start but lost their next two games to the Indonesia-Thailand combination of Yanapong and Gerald. They, however, restored parity by winning the next one but lost the decider 8-11 to settle for the silver medal.

The junior girls' category saw three Indian pairs making it to the quarter-finals. However, only Diya-Swastika and Radhapriya-Anusha survived their rounds while Poymantee Baisya-Prapti Sen bowed out of the tournament.

The combo of Radhapriya-Anusha booked their berth in the final with a comprehensive 3-0 win but Diya-Swastika struggled to keep pace with Jinnipa Sawettabut of Thailand and Eunice Lim of Singapore and had to be content with a bronze medal.

The final saw a nail-biting encounter, with the two pairs winning alternate games; in the fifth and final game, however, Jinnipa Sawettabut-Eunice proved to be much stronger, prevailing 11-9 to take the gold medal.

With Inputs From IANS