Who is Manika Batra? Age, records, biography, medals, gains, Olympic performances

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Commonwealth Games gold medalist and Olympian, Manika Batra is the flagship of Indian women’s table tennis. She will represent the country at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Manika Batra rose to prominence in 2018 and will be one of the top contenders for a medal.

In addition to the women’s singles category, Manika will also represent India in the mixed doubles event with her role model and inspiration, Achanta Sharath Kamal.

Biography

Born in Naraina Vihar in Delhi, Manika Batra started playing table tennis at the age of four.

The youngest of three siblings, her sister and brother also played the sport. Inspired by her older sister Anchal, Manika took up table tennis.

After winning a state championship by age group, she changed schools to train under the guidance of her trainer Sandeep Gupta. Manika later moved her base to Pune for better training.

During her teenage years, Manika Batra received many offers from models. But she turned them down to focus on the game, and the result is in front of everyone to see.

Manika aims to be the face of table tennis in India and take the game to greater heights.

How old is Manika Batra?

Born June 15, 1995, in Delhi, Manika is currently 26 years old. With significant experience under her belt, Manika will aim big at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

What are Manika Batra’s achievements?

Manika rose to fame in 2018 when she won four Commonwealth Games medals.

She won gold in the singles category, beating Singaporean Yu Mengyu in the final, before leading India to another gold in the women’s team event. They beat quadruple gold medalist Singapore, undefeated in the competition since 2002.

Manika Batra had previously caught the attention of the table tennis fraternity with three gold medals at the 2016 South Asian Games. She also made her Olympic debut in 2016 in Rio, but crashed in the first tower.

The following year, Manika entered the record books when she and Mouma Das became the first Indian table tennis duo to enter the top eight at the World Table Tennis Championships.

Her stock grew rapidly and consistent performance through 2018 saw her win the ITTF “Breakthrough Star” award later in the year. Manika Batra is the only Indian table tennis player to win this award.

She also won a bronze medal in mixed doubles with Sharath Kamal at the 2018 Asian Games.

Manika Batra received the Arjuna Award in 2018 and also received India’s highest sporting honor – the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award – last year.

Earnings

Arguably the best tennis player in the country, Manika Batra earns INR 50,000 per month under the flagship program of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).

Apart from that, she also makes some recommendations for popular brands.

Performances at the Olympic Games

Manika had a disastrous campaign at the Rio 2016 Olympics, where she withdrew from competition in the first round. But it was a learning curve for the young table tennis player.

Seed 61st, Manika Batra will have to compete in the preliminary rounds to rank among the top 32. However, she is one of the top medal contenders for the mixed doubles event along with her partner Achanta Sharath Kamal.

Edited by Arjun Panchadar


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