Through straight sets victories in the gold-medal match, Satwik and Chirag added another Commonwealth Games medal to their kitty after a silver medal at the previous Games in the 2018 Gold Coast. They also became the first Indian pair to claim a gold medal in the men’s doubles category at the Commonwealth Games.
The win also meant that India now won three gold medals in badminton and a sixth overall at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Earlier on Monday, ace shuttler PV Sindhu and rising youth Lakshya Sen won gold medals in the women’s singles and men’s singles events respectively.
Satwik and Chirag were part of the Indian team that won the historic Thomas Cup title in Bangkok earlier this year. They were also part of the mixed team event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, where India finished with a silver medal, losing to Malaysia in the final.
The match started at 5-5 in the first set. But from there, it was one-way traffic as Satwik and Chirag started dominating the England pair, forcing them to run out of ideas and take the first set 21-15.
In the second set as well as in the first set things leveled at 7-7. But Satwik and Chirag took a slim lead at the mid-game gap with 11-10 in the second set.
From there, the Indian pair quickly took the lead as the local England pair had no answer to the questions asked by Satwik and Chirag. Finally, Satwik and Chirag won the second set 21-13 to give India their third consecutive gold medal in badminton in the medal race on Monday.
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