This player has won three gold medals for the country in the Commonwealth Games played in Birmingham and has led the Indian team.
Achanta Sharath Kamal is in the Commonwealth Games (PTI Photo)
Age is just a figure. This is the legend of India’s table tennis player Achanta Sharath Kamal has proved. With age, the game of this player is improving and at the age of 40, this player has done the work which was awaited for 16 years. Achanta has won the gold medal in the men’s singles category at the Commonwealth Games being played in Birmingham on Monday. This medal of Achanta has come after 16 years. He won the gold medal by defeating Liam Pitchford of England in the final.
This is not Achanta’s first gold medal in this category. Even before this he has won this medal. But this thing is a decade and a half old. Achanta was new then and was participating in the Commonwealth Games for the first time. This is about the Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne in 2006. Then Achant won the gold medal by defeating William Heinzel of Australia in the final. After 2006, now Sharat has won this medal.
Has won seven gold medals
Achanta’s style in the Commonwealth Games is different. Achanta has so far won seven gold medals in these games, out of which she has won three medals this year. In Birmingham, he managed to win a gold medal in men’s singles as well as mixed doubles with Sreeja Akula. Prior to both these events, Achanta had won gold with the men’s team. Prior to this, he had won a gold medal in the men’s singles category in Melbourne in 2006. In the same year, he was also successful in becoming the winner with the men’s team. In these games played in Delhi in 2010, he was successful in winning the gold medal in the men’s doubles category. After this he won the gold medal with the men’s team in 2018.
Apart from this, Achanta won silver medals in 2014, 2018 and 2022 men’s doubles. In 2010, he was successful in winning the men’s singles category and bronze with the men’s team. In 2018, he got a bronze medal in the men’s singles category. Adding to these six medals, the total number of medals in Achanta’s Commonwealth Games is 13.
Stay fit like this at the age of 40
Achanta was born on 12 July 1982. He is 40 years old at present. Even at this stage of age, he has been surprising everyone with his game. At the age when it is a challenge to stay fit, Achanta has become an example in the matter of fitness. He works very hard for this. On 12 July 2022, Scroll.in in its report quoted Achanta as saying, “I know my body now. I know what my body needs. What does my brain need? There have been many mistakes and attempts have also been made in this. But I have made a plan. Now (early July), I play table tennis for one-and-a-half hours a day but work on my fitness for four to five hours. I take the time to rest and recover. I will not be young. So I have to keep my body fit.”
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