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Sharath Kamal loses in Asian table tennis qualifiers

April 21, 2012 19:15 IST

Indian ace Achanta Sharath Kamal will have to wait for another match to book a ticket for the London Olympics as he succumbed 0-4 to Chinese world number one Ma Long in the Asian table tennis qualifiers in Hong Kong.

Kamal, who earlier defeated Song Man Jang of North Korea in draw 'B' to inch closer to book an Olympic berth, will face another North Korean, Song Nam Kim, for the fifth-sixth position. He will qualify for London if he wins the match.

The Indian ace was no match for the Chinese, as he was whitewashed 9-11, 2-11, 4-11, 6-11 in the best of seven encounter.

Meanwhile, it was also a disappointing day for Anthony Amalraj, as he lost his draw 'C' game against Song Nam Kin.

It was a close encounter with Amalraj making a strong comeback after losing the first game 4-11.

The Indian paddler won the next couple of games 11-8, 11-8 before losing the match 3-4 against the North Korean.

Amalraj is slated to play his Indian counterpart Soumyajit Ghosh in the next game to advance to draw 'G'.

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