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Vishal bags gold, Raegan settles for silver in Egypt

Vishal Rajveer Shah won the mini cadet boys singles’ title at the Egypt Junior and Cadet Open table tennis tournament after he outclassed local boy Badr Mostafa in straight games.

Vishal dominated the match from the very beginning as he defeated Mostafa 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 to clinch the yellow metal.

However, another Indian Raegan Alburquerque, the No.4 seed, failed to go past the final hurdle as China’s Ding Shixian defeated the Indian 11-8, 10-12, 13-11, 11-9, 13-11 in the Junior Boys singles.

The unseeded Chinese, making his maiden international appearance, conceded the second game before wrapping it up for an excellent career beginning and forcing the Indian to settle with a silver medal and a cash prize of $150 on Sunday night.

After beating host nation’s Marwan Abdelwahab 11-7, 14-12, 7-11, 11-3, 14-12 in the semifinals on Sunday afternoon, Raegan was expected to make use of the opportunity later in the evening.

Though his start was not as good as he would have wanted, but he did manage to take the second game. However, the 14-year-old Chinese, playing cautiously and maintaining his form, won several crucial points to upset the Indian’s attacking style of game.

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