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Badminton Asia Team Championship: Indian women’s team script history to clinch gold medal

The Indian women’s badminton team clinched a gold medal at the Badminton Asia Team Championships 2024, outplaying Thailand with a 3-2 victory in the final held in Shah Alam, Malaysia, on Sunday. This win is exceptional because the Indian team won against top teams like China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Thailand, overcoming tough competition in three of these matches.

Anmol Kharb, only 17 years old, emerged as the star for India, defeating a higher-ranked rival in the match that clinched India’s win. This triumph marked India’s first-ever gold in this tournament. While the men’s team had previously secured two bronzes in 2016 and 2020, this was a groundbreaking achievement for the women.

PV Sindhu, a celebrated Olympian, started strong for India, effortlessly defeating Supanida Katethong with a straight score of 21-12, 21-12. Sindhu’s match against her Thai opponent lasted just 39 minutes. This was Sindhu’s fifth win over Katethong in their eight encounters. Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand outperformed Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai in a badminton match.

India then took the lead with a score of 2-0. However, Thailand began to rally when Busanan Ongbamrungphan overcame Ashmita Chaliha with scores of 21-11, and 21-14 in just 35 minutes. Then, Priya Konjengbam and Shruti Mishra were defeated by Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakarn Aimsaard, pushing the competition to a decisive final match.

Anmol Kharb’s performance in Badminton Asia Team Championships 2024

In a thrilling showdown, young Anmol Kharb faced Pornpicha Choeikeewong. Undaunted by her opponent’s higher ranking, Kharb secured a 21-14, 21-9 victory, guaranteeing India’s historic gold. Kharb had been pivotal throughout the event; she helped India get past China in the group stage by winning an essential match and later triumphed against Japan’s Natsuki Nidaira in the semi-finals.

In her first international contest, Anmol has been impressively calm for someone so new to the scene, and that showed on Sunday. Even though the first set was tight at first with both players at 10 points each, Anmol kept her cool better and quickly went ahead, winning 21-14. She smartly played to her opponent’s weak spots while hardly making any errors.

In the next set, she dominated the seasoned player from Thailand, taking a strong 11-5 lead at the halfway point. Anmol didn’t let up and finished the set with a convincing 21-9 victory. When victory was claimed, her teammates swarmed her in celebration, highlighting how team events seem to bring out the best in Indian badminton players.

The Indian men’s team was eliminated in the quarterfinals, but the women’s victory was a significant boost. The Badminton Asia Team Championships 2024 also offered important ranking points for the Race to Paris 2024, which are critical for athletes aiming to qualify for the upcoming Olympic Games.

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Pushkar Pandey

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