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Satwiksairaj-Chirag Claims First Medal for India in Badminton World Championship

World Badminton Championship

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty became the first Indian pair to win a medal in the men’s doubles competition at the World Championships. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are the world’s number 7 combination, and the duo also bagged a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games 2022. It is India’s second World Championship medal in any doubles event, the first medal in World Championship by India was bagged by Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa who claimed bronze in the 2011 women’s doubles.

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Satwiksairaj and Chirag won against defending champions Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi with the gameplay of 24-22, 15-21, 21-14 in an hour and 15 minutes. Satwik and Chirag have assured bronze medals in the tournament and will face the sixth-seeded Malaysian pair of Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Tik in the semifinals. However, it was a tough day for Prannoy, who is former world number 8. China’s Zhao Jun Peng won against India’s Prannoy with 19-21, 21-6, and 21-18.

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