CWG 2022: Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula win mixed doubles gold in table tennis

Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula pose with their gold medals (mixed doubles table tennis) at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Indian table tennis legend Sharath Kamal defied age to team up with young Sreeja Akula to win the mixed doubles gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Sunday.

Barring a blip in the second game, the Sharath-Akula pair was in complete control of the tie, comfortably beating Javen Choong and Karen Lyne of Malaysia 11-4, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 in the gold medal contest.

Sharath produced a class act to also reach the men's singles final.

The 40-year-old, who won a bronze medal in the last edition in Gold Coast, defeated England's Paul Drinkhall 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8 to reach his second CWG final.

The only other time Sharath, seeded fourth here, made it to the final, he returned with a gold in the 2006 edition in Melbourne.

By reaching the final, Sharath has already assured himself of a silver and has increased his CWG medal count to 13.

For Akula, it was her maiden CWG medal.