The iconic Indian shuttling duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have clinched the country’s first men’s doubles medal at the BWF World Championships after reaching the semis of the ongoing edition of the event in Tokyo on Friday.
Coming from a CWG gold earlier this month, the World No. 7 pair took on local stars Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi in their quarterfinal outing and outplayed the World No. 2 Japanese pair and defending champions 24-22, 15-21, 21-14 in an hour and 15 minutes, securing their entry into the last four as well as the bronze.
The bronze marks India’s second doubles medal at the Worlds after Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa secured the first all the way back in 2011 in women’s doubles. It also marks India’s 13th overall medal at the event.
“We don’t want to stop here. We want to go further. But this is what we were aiming for. We wanted to keep our body fit and do well,” said Satwik after their win.
On the other hand, MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila bowed out of their men’s doubles campaign earlier in the day after losing out to third seeded Indonesian duo Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan to a 8-21, 14-21 margin.
HS Prannoy, who reached the last eights with a win over compatriot Lakshya Sen in the men’s singles category, also ended his run at the event against Zhao Jun Peng of China 21-19, 6-21, 18-21.
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