Final Day Golds, Singapore 3, India 1 and the Fair play award for England

zhou_yihan_21_12_15_LargeZhou Yihan of Singapore, the star of the championships

Zhou Yihan of Singapore continued, as she had all tournament, undefeated to take two more gold medals on the final day. Just too strong for Mouma Das who had earlier in the day put out Zhou’s compatriot Lin Ye in seven really competitive games in the semi final.

In the Women’s Doubles it was Zhou Yihan partnering Lin Ye who were just too strong for their Indian opponents, Manika Batra and Ankita Das in three straight games

In the Men’s Singles Chen Feng of Singapore was on a one man crusade against the Indian contingent. He dispatched the top remaining seed Soumyajit Ghosh, the no.2 seed in a really close 7 games struggle in the semi final.  In the final it was Amalraj Anthony, the no.6 seed who was defeated – in 6 games this time.

The Indian contingent was guaranteed a complete sweep of the Men’s doubles but who was to take the Gold Medal? The final was a real battle which went the full 5 sets but Soumyajit Ghosh and Harmeet Desai, the top seeds, secured the title beating Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Devesh Karia, the no.5 seeds.

The Final presentation of the day went to a young Englishman who had himself had an excellent  tournament, David McBeath. The presentation was for his Fair play throughout the tournament  and he was delighted to receive the award.

So ended what had been a superb championships in all regards, maybe some stars and Countries could not make the event but in general, Zhou Yihan being a bit of an exception, though she had to work very hard at times too; this made for a very level playing field which produced some tremendous contests. The Indian Association deserves the greatest plaudits for the organisation of the event.

Final Medal tallies were

Notably Singapore four gold and four bronze medals; for India it was three gold, six silver and seven bronze, their best performance at a commonwealth championships ever.

Meanwhile, the remaining medals were shared between England, Northern Ireland and Wales. England secured one silver and one bronze medal(and the Fair play award);  for Northern Ireland and Wales it was one bronze apiece.

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