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Paddler Sutirtha clinches treble

Thrilled at her feat of bagging three gold medals, including a singles title at the Slovak Junior TT Open, promising paddler Sutirtha Mukherjee has credited regular overseas exposures for India's best-ever show in any table tennis tournament abroad.

other Updated: Jun 05, 2013, 23:29 IST
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Thrilled at her feat of bagging three gold medals, including a singles title at the Slovak Junior TT Open, promising paddler Sutirtha Mukherjee has credited regular overseas exposures for India's best-ever show in any table tennis tournament abroad.

She won gold in doubles and girls' team category, besides singles.

"We have been playing in the international competitions regularly. It gives us confidence in taking on strong TT playing nations," the 15-year-old from West Bengal said.

The Indian contingent finished with overall tally of four gold and two silver medals with boys' claiming gold in doubles and silver in the team competition.

Prasanna excels
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Winning his fourth game of the trot, the unassuming Prasanna shares the podium with Sandro Mareco of Argentina with a perfect score. Having crossed the 2500 rating barrier required to become a Grandmaster as per FIDE rules, Prasanna will be looking for a career best performance on this black sea resort.

With five rounds still to come the two leaders are followed by nine players on 3.5 points apiece.

Ankita in quarters
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