When he teamed up with the young Sreeja Akula to win the Mixed doubles gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Sunday, Indian table tennis star Achanta Sharath Kamal defied age.
Javen Choong and Karen Lyne of Malaysia were easily defeated by Sharath and Akula of India in the gold medal match, winning 11-4, 9-11, 11-5, and 11-6 with only a hiccup in the second set.
Sharath performed admirably to go to the men’s singles final as well.
The 40-year-old paddler, who took home a bronze medal at the most recent Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast, overcame England’s Paul Drinkhall in the men’s singles to go to his second CWG final. The scores were 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, and 11-8.
The only other time Sharath, who was seeded fourth for the current Games, reached the final, he did it in Melbourne in 2006 and came away with a gold medal.