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Indian @Rio Olympic 2016: Manika Batra

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

Manika Batra was born on 15 June 1995 and she is an Indian table tennis player. As of June 2016, she is the top-ranked table tennis player in India and is ranked 115th in the world.

Early Life:
Batra was born on 15 June 1995 as the youngest of three children. She hails from Naraina Vihar in Delhi and began playing table tennis at the age of four. Her elder sister Anchal also played table tennis and had an influence on her during her early playing career. Batra turned down many modelling offers during her teenage. When she was 16, she rejected a scholarship to train at the Peter Karlsson Academy in Sweden.

Batra studied at the Jesus and Mary College for an year before dropping out to “concentrate” on table tennis.

Career:
In 2011, Batra won silver medal in the under-21 category of the Chile Open. She represented India at the 2014 Commonwealth Games as well as the 2014 Asian Games. She won three medals at the 2015 Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships, winning silver in the women’s team event (with Ankita Das and Mouma Das) as well as women’s doubles event (with Ankita Das) and bronze in the women’s singles event.

Batra won three gold medals at the 2016 South Asian Games, winning the women’s doubles event (with Pooja Sahasrabudhe), mixed doubles event (with Anthony Amalraj) and women’s team event (with Mouma Das and Shamini Kumaresan). Batra was denied a fourth gold medal at the Games by Mouma Das who defeated her in the final of the women’s singles event.

She qualified for the women’s singles event of the 2016 Summer Olympics by winning the South Asia group of the qualification tournament in April 2016.

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