Singapore retained their Commonwealth Games Men's Table Tennis team title after dominating the competition. In a repeat of the Delhi 2010 final, they again beat England 3-1 (3-2 3-0 1-3 3-0), with Zhan Jian (SIN) (twice) and Gao Ning (SIN) winning three singles matches.
England will regret that Paul Drinkhall (ENG) couldn’t take advantage of his early lead in his initial singles match when he won the opening game against Zhan with relative ease. However, Zhan battled back and eventually prevailed 3-2 (5-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-7, 11-2).
Although Drinkhall and Andrew Baggaley (ENG) won their doubles match against Gao and Zhan (3-1), Singapore secured the Gold with Zhan's crushing 3-0 win over Baggaley in the fourth match.
Singapore's only other defeat in the event came in the semi-final, when Nigeria's Quadri Aruna overcame the dominant Zhan in a singles match.
Aruna could not prevent Nigeria's defeat in that semi-final, but he was instrumental in securing the Bronze medal for his country. Nigeria beat India 3-1, with ARUNA defeating Harmeet Rajul Desai (IND) 3-1 in an engaging contest.
Nigeria's veteran Segun Toriola (NGR) captured his sixth Commonwealth Games medal and third team medal, having also won Bronze in the team event at 2006 Melbourne and team Silver at Manchester 2002.
The host nation Scotland defied expectations by reaching the quarter-finals and overcoming a two higher ranked teams Canada and Sri Lanka, before eventually losing out to India.
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