India's Sharath Kamal eases to third Table Tennis gold of Birmingham 2022



Aug 09, 2022 03:00 am

India's Sharath Kamal claimed his third Commonwealth title of Birmingham 2022 with a comeback victory over Team England's Liam Pitchford in the men's singles as the Table Tennis wrapped up at the NEC.


The 40-year-old, who had already won gold in the mixed doubles and men's team, clinched a 4-1 win over men's doubles champion Pitchford, who took the lead in the opening game.


But Kamal proved too strong and fought back to take the next four games to seal the title he first won at Melbourne 2006 for his 13th Commonwealth medal in total from his fifth Games.


Kamal, who claimed silver in the men's doubles after losing to Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall, joked that gold in that match would have made it a perfect set.


He said: "[It's been] the best two weeks of my 40 years of life. It can't get better.


"OK, maybe a gold in the men’s doubles...but I'm happy and I can't ask for more."