The Indian men’s table tennis team settled for a historic bronze medal after losing 3-0 to South Korea in a lop-sided semifinal here on Tuesday.
Bronze is India’s first medal from table tennis
The team comprising G. Sathiyan, Achanta Sharath Kamal and A. Amalraj couldn’t put up a fight against the mighty Koreans, who set up a summit clash against defending champion China in a repeat of 2014.
Sathiyan, ranked 39, suffered a 9-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-3 loss to Lee Sangsu in the opening game.
The onus was then on Sharath Kamal, Word No. 33. He put up a fight before going down 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 7-11, 11-8 to Young Sik Jeoung.
In the decider, Amalraj was beaten 11-5, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7 by 22-year-old Woojin Jang.
India had defeated Japan 3-1 in the quarterfinals to assure the country its first-ever Asian Games medal in table tennis.