2nd Asian Youth Games, Nanjing (17-23 Aug’13)

Teen sensation Kush Kumar made the whole country proud as he won India’s first gold medal at the second Asian Youth Games after defeating Malaysia’s Mohammad Syafiq Mohd Kamal in the men’s singles squash competition. Chennai-lad Kush won 11-9, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7 against the Malaysian in the summit clash to cap off an impressive undefeated run in the quadrennial event.

The Indian Contingent

Girls
1.  Harshit Kaur Jawanda (Individual & Team)
2.  Tanvi Khanna (Individual & Team)
3.  Adya Advani (Team)
                           
Boys
1.   Kush Kumar (Individual & Team)
2.   Vijay Meena Kumar (Individual & Team)
3.   Madhav Dhingra (Team)
 
Officials
1.   Subramaniam Singaraveloo (Coach)
2.   Ms. Mekhala Srivastava (Coach)

Boys Results
Final:
[1] Kush Kumar (IND) bt [2] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) 11-9, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7 (57m)
 
Semi-finals:
[1] Kush Kumar (IND) bt [3/4] Ng Eain Yow (MAS) 11-6, 11-13, 11-9, 11-8 (47m)
[2] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) bt [3/4] Yuen Tsun-Hei (HKG) 11-8, 7-11, 11-3, 11-7 (40m)
 
Quarter-finals:
[1] Kush Kumar (IND) bt Chris Lo (HKG) 11-4, 11-13, 11-6, 13-11 (52m)
[3/4] Ng Eain Yow (MAS) bt Israr Ahmed (PAK) 11-7, 11-4, 11-5 (29m)
[3/4] Yuen Tsun-Hei (HKG) bt Vijay Meena Kumar (IND) 8-11, 11-6, 11-3, 9-11, 11-9 (59m)
[2] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) bt Ravindu Laksiri (SRI) 11-7, 11-3, 11-9 (26m)
 
2nd round:
[1] Kush Kumar (IND) bt Hamzah Alzubaidi (JOR) 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (25m)
Chris Lo (HKG) bt Han Dong Ryu (KOR) 11-4, 11-2, 11-6 (21m)
Israr Ahmed (PAK) bt Oh Sunghag (KOR) 11-6, 11-9, 11-2 (21m)
[3/4] Ng Eain Yow (MAS) bt Khaled Al-Jenaidel (KUW) 12-10, 11-7, 11-2 (29m)
[3/4] Yuen Tsun-Hei (HKG) bt Yang Tianxia (CHN) 11-2, 11-2, 11-4 (21m)
Vijay Meena Kumar (IND) bt Ryunosuke Tsukue (JPN) 11-3, 11-8, 12-10 (27m)
Ravindu Laksiri (SRI) bt Muhammad Nur Tastaftyan (INA) 11-5, 11-9, 11-7 (42m)
[2] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) bt Mohammad Alsaraj (JOR) 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5 (67m)

Girls Results
Final:
[1] Vanessa Raj (MAS) bt [2] Pansy Chan (HKG) 11-3, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9 (52m)
 
Semi-finals:
[1] Vanessa Raj (MAS) bt Mihiliya Methsarani (SRI) 11-0, 11-5, 11-9 (28m)
[2] Pansy Chan (HKG) bt [3/4] Choi Uen Shan (HKG) 6-11, 9-11, 18-16, 11-2, 11-7 (57m)
 
Quarter-finals:
[1] Vanessa Raj (MAS) bt Tanvi Khanna (IND) 11-6, 11-7, 11-4 (20m)
Mihiliya Methsarani (SRI) bt [3/4] Rachel Arnold (MAS) 5-11, 5-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-7 (38m)
[3/4] Choi Uen Shan (HKG) bt Satomi Watanabe (JPN) 11-7, 8-11, 11-3, 11-6 (35m)
[2] Pansy Chan (HKG) bt Harshit Kaur Jawanda (IND) 11-9, 2-11, 11-3, 12-10 (34m)
 
1st round:
[1] Vanessa Raj (MAS) bye
Tanvi Khanna (IND) bt Momoka Nakahira (JPN) 11-9, 11-3, 11-7 (17m)
Mihiliya Methsarani (SRI) bt Maudy Wafa Nadiyah (INA) 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 (25m)
[3/4] Rachel Arnold (MAS) bye
[3/4] Choi Uen Shan (HKG) bt Yaisha Putri Yasandi (INA) 11-6, 11-2, 11-3 (20m)
Satomi Watanabe (JPN) bt Duan Siyu (CHN) 11-2, 11-4, 11-1 (14m)
Harshit Kaur Jawanda (IND) bt Zhou Libo (CHN) 11-0, 11-1, 11-2 (13m)
[2] Pansy Chan (HKG) bye

About Cyrus Poncha
I was born and lived in Bombay before moving to Chennai in 2001 to coach the Indian national squash team....what a journey its been!!

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