Good Sports: YOUTHS ASCEND TABLE TENNIS RANKINGS
Two youths of Indian descent are among the top three players in the latest Under-18 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) world rankings.
At No. 1 is 17-year-old Manav Thakkar, the first Indian to ever achieve the top ranking. “It’s a great feeling and I’m unable to express it in words,” Thakkar told Times of India.
At No. 3 in the rankings is Kanak Jha, also 17, an Indian-American who won three gold medals at the 2017 Pan American Junior Championships and was the youngest player to represent the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Thakkar won a silver medal last month at the 2018 ITTF World Junior Circuit Finals at Luxembourg. Who won the gold medal? None other than Jha.
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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